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How to Decide Between Two Great Candidates

May 26th, 2017

You have two great candidates. And only one job to fill. It’s a good problem to have. However, at the end of the day, it’s still a problem. How do you decide?

Start by asking yourself these questions:

What’s the most important thing you need in a new hire?

Is it sales results? Superstar organizing ability? A highly analytical mind? Only you know what you really need. But when you consider what the absolute #1 key essential is, you should be able to see which candidate is stronger in that category.

If you’re still not sure, review your job posting and the skills, credentials and abilities you listed as requirements there. Which candidate checks the most boxes?

What are their past successes?

Past success is no guarantee of positive results. However, it’s a pretty good indicator of future success. The more capable your new hire is – and the stronger their track record – the better chance they have of getting up and running quickly and growing with your company. And a candidate with growth potential can deliver more long-term benefits to your organization.

Who would fit into the culture better?

Culture shouldn’t be a secondary concern when you’re hiring. In fact, it should be front and center during the process. If you hire someone who’s not a good fit for the culture, it could lead to conflict, tension and issues. Think through which candidate would mesh better with the culture. If you’re not sure, consider who has successfully worked in a culture like yours.

Who seems more enthusiastic about the opportunity?

After interviewing both candidates, is there a clear winner in the enthusiasm department? Does one candidate seem more engaged and interested in the position? Did they ask more questions in the interview? Did they follow up faster afterward? As you reflect on your experience with each candidate, it’s likely that one will emerge as the stronger candidate.

One final tip: Good candidates are hard to find – and go fast. That means whatever decision you do make, do it quickly. If you make candidates wait too long while you’re spinning your wheels deciding, one or both could accept offers from other companies.

Deciding between two equally strong candidates can be a challenge. Either way, you’re going to end up with a great hire. And if you’ve made your decision and are now focused on onboarding, read these tips for providing the most positive new hire experience possible.

Having trouble finding high-caliber candidates for your job openings? Let Columbia, SC’s experienced recruiters at TRUE Group help. We can ensure you get the people you need quickly, accurately and cost-effectively. Contact us today to learn more.

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