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HC Online | 24 Jan 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The hiring formula dictates that HR and hiring managers attempt to find the perfect candidate to fill a vacant role. But according to one HR pro, you’ve got it all wrong.
  • Tony van Rensburg | 24 Jan 2013, 03:37 PM Agree 0
    Yes, I agree. The purple squirrel is like a mirage and even when you think you have found one, you can't nail them down and other employers will also want to feed the squirrel. My approach has been - 70% fit to job/person spec is acceptable and 80% is a great outcome.
  • Brian D | 24 Jan 2013, 03:43 PM Agree 0
    How perfectly true, now just to spread the word.
  • Peter A | 24 Jan 2013, 04:54 PM Agree 0
    All correct, provided you have the attitude 100% correct otherwise the Line Manager and HR will spend many hours on performance management.
  • Andrew McLEOD | 24 Jan 2013, 09:01 PM Agree 0
    Could not agree more...after all what is a probation period for ? If the fit, feel and calibre are right, drive the car and send it for modifications as necessary...After all if you don't even start the race, how can you possibly achirve a win ? Gladly, there are some recruiters that actually get it... All be it only a few... Thanks to Lance for memorable and poignant analogy of majority Australian recruitment absurditity.
  • Glenda May | 31 Jan 2013, 09:39 AM Agree 0
    Thanks Lance...agree. What will help is more time up front with the panel agreeing on what exactly do we need -in terms of skill, will and fit. What does a good candidate look like? ( the 'must-haves') And what is 'nice-to-have' the icing on the cake? Also consider which skills can be trained versus what we need the candidate to do to hit the ground running.
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