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I really liked that Candidate!

I have done many interviews with many different Managers and Directors in my years in HR and the one thing that they say, after the interview that really makes my blood boil is - "I really liked that one"

I long to retort with "that may be true, but can they do the job?"

Many managers probably because they do not interview very often think there job in an interview is to find someone that will fit in with them and their team, of course the person they choose needs to fit in, but that is the easy part.

The hard part is finding someone with the skills to do the job, and that is why you need to use different methods when you recruit.

Ron Friedman, author of The Best Place to Work says:

  1. Be really clear about what you need from the person you are hiring for this role – in terms of both behavioural traits and skills. (This will help you filter out what is not important.)

  2. Identify the best way for your candidates to demonstrate if they have what you are looking for. (Interviews may not be the best approach for every role.)

Well I am with Ron! It is important that you "like" the person you are going to hire, but it is as important if not more so that they have the skills and behaviours you need from the role. Using different methods such as presentations and work based exercises adds an element of information to your process that interviewing alone does not bring.

So if you are recruiting with me, avoid the L word!

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