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How to Choose Between Really Good Candidates

On some level, it’s a good problem to have when hiring: you’ve narrowed down your candidates for an open position to a few outstanding contenders. Both passed your thorough screening and reference checks with flying colors. Both boast the education, experience, and skills you require and dazzled you during the interview process. But both can’t join the team. So how do you choose the right one? Don’t lose sleep or leave such an important decision to a coin toss. Here are a few tips that can help. Review your requirements Remember that written job description you came up with before you started the hiring process? Review that job description and reflect on what mattered before you met these candidates. Were any skills, strengths or characteristics brushed aside or overlooked during the interviewing process? When you look at that job description again with your final candidates in mind, you might realize that one of them most clearly fills the role you initially sought to fill. Contemplate cultural fit How will the candidates integrate into your existing team? Their ability to fit in with your current employees could be the difference between an employee who performs well and grows with the organization long-term and an employee who leaves as soon as a better opportunity presents itself. Research has shown that employees who say they have a best friend at work “are seven times as likely to be engaged in their jobs, are better at engaging customers, produce higher quality work, have higher well-being, and are less likely to get injured on the job.” The right candidate is the one who matches your team dynamic and can build rapport quickly with your existing employees. Look toward the future All candidates may be perfectly suited to fulfill the job requirements right now. But one may have more potential to excel over time. Which candidate is better suited to the business’ long-range plans? Who exhibits more of an interest in professional development or has more leadership potential? Your immediate needs may be top of mind, but don’t forget to consider the future when choosing between Read More »

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