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Stop Being Picky and Take a Chance on the Diamond in the Rough

February 9th, 2018

As one of Columbia, SC’s most trusted staffing agencies, TRUE Group knows when you’re looking to hire, you want to find people who are going to hit the ground running and have a positive impact. At the same time, if you’re seeking out the perfect candidate, you could be setting your team up for failure.

What are some signs you need to stop being so picky and take a chance on a diamond in the rough? Here’s a look:

Your hiring process is taking too long.

If you’ve been searching for the right candidate for months, with no end in sight, it’s time to revamp your expectations or your approach. Either your job description isn’t attracting the right people, or you’re looking for a candidate that doesn’t really exist.

Your current employees wouldn’t make the cut.

If your current crop of staff members wouldn’t meet your hiring standards, then they’re too high. Set them aside and start focusing in on the key essentials you really need in your next new hire.

Rejection rates are high.

You’re getting dozens or even hundreds of applicants for your job openings. And you’re rejecting nearly all of them. This too is another sign you’re either being too picky, or your job posting and hiring process need some work.

It’s getting more expensive to hire.

If you’re spending too much time on the advertising, sourcing, screening and interviewing process – all with nothing to show – it’s going to reflect in your costs. Being selective is important when you’re hiring, but being too selective is costly.

You’re looking for someone who requires no training.

Sure, it would be great if you could hire a candidate who required little or no training. But if you could have hired someone less experienced, trained them in a matter of weeks, and gotten them up to speed by now, then you’re being too picky. Don’t hold out for the perfect candidate. They don’t exist.

Productivity numbers are taking a hit.

You have an opening and need to fill it. In the meantime, there’s a log jam in orders, current staff is stretched thin and deadlines are getting missed. When you’re experiencing these kinds of issues, it’s time to bite the bullet and hire a good employee – rather than a perfect match – who can be trained and brought up to speed quickly.

Sometimes, good is good enough. You need someone who has a strong work ethic, drive and accountability. The hard skills will come with training and some time on the job. So, don’t hold out for perfection; take a chance on a solid worker who might be a diamond in the rough, but who can also become a great worker with a little investment.

Don’t have the time or resources to hire for your company?

Call in Columbia, SC’s staffing agency experts who do. At TRUE Group, we’re always on the lookout for smart, talented people, so you don’t have to be. Focus on your core business priorities and leave the hiring to us. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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