Paige Buchanan, recruitment specialist
When it comes to hiring great talent, the phrase “it’s easier said than done” can be applied because we all know just how difficult it can be to find the right person for a role. We go through the entire recruiting process, think we have found “the perfect fit,” but after a few months you realize it’s not working out. This can be the result of many factors; a poor onboarding experience, lack of training time or maybe the current recruiting process just isn’t working.
I wholeheartedly believe that if we can hire and retain the best talent, then our students, UCO and the community as a whole will become a better place for it. I’ll provide you with some new tools and information so that we can improve our recruitment processes together and ultimately find the right people for our roles.
You have probably heard the phrase “cultural fit” when it comes to recruiting. When we sit down with the screening committee to discuss the ideal candidate, that phrase always seems to creep into the conversation. However, a new phrase is becoming more prominent in the recruitment space – “cultural add.” Instead of looking for a fit, we need to start looking for an addition.
When we discuss cultural fit, we are essentially saying we want to hire someone that will easily fit in with our team. We then assess the candidate’s values, background, style, hobbies, etc. As a result, we are decreasing our diversity because our unconscious biases sneak in. We also miss out on really great talent if we assume the candidate won’t “mesh” when in reality, we have no ability to make that prediction. We want to look for a cultural add because a new hire’s individuality and differences can make us better and stronger.
RedHat, a software company, implemented a new process for their interviews with candidates wherein they assess the following in regards to cultural add:
- Will the candidate be effective in our environment today? And tomorrow? We want a workforce that wants to learn and grow and be willing to adapt to changes.
- What will they take away from the culture?
- Does their purpose align with the purpose of the organization? We want people here who are passionate about what we do, how we do it and who we are. When we have alignment on purpose, it keeps us focused, even as the individual methods and preferences change.
I strongly encourage you to start looking for candidates who will add value to UCO, instead of someone who will easily fit right in.
Along with looking for a cultural add, we want to ensure our recruiting process is optimized and standardized so that we can attract great talent and bring them on board. With that in mind, we have created a brand-new recruiting toolkit. This toolkit is designed to walk you through the entire recruiting process from start to finish while also providing best practices and step-by-step guides. I look forward to hearing your feedback and hopefully, this toolkit will help you in finding the right hire for your role.
Before I let you go, I wanted to provide some recruiting statistics to really hone in on the importance of having an effective recruiting process:
- Companies with culturally diverse teams are 33% more likely to achieve above-average profitability. Source: https://www.glassdoor.com/employers/blog/diversity/
- The best candidates only have to wait 10 days to find a new job. Source: http://www.workonic.com/top-recruitment-statistics-of-2019/
- 78% of job seekers say they form their opinion of the employer based on how they are treated during the application process. Source: https://www.smallbizgenius.net/by-the-numbers/recruitment-statistics/#gref
- 83% of candidates say it would greatly improve the overall experience if employers provided a clear timeline of the hiring process. Source: https://www.smallbizgenius.net/by-the-numbers/recruitment-statistics/#gref
- 78% of employers feel they do a good job setting expectations up front and communicating throughout the hiring process, while only 47% of job seekers agree. Source: https://www.smallbizgenius.net/by-the-numbers/recruitment-statistics/#gref
- Only 47% of workers trust that job descriptions accurately depict job responsibilities. Source: https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019_Job_Seeker_Nation.pdf
- 29% of workers admit to having left a job within the first 90 days. Source: https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019_Job_Seeker_Nation.pdf