Is that how you feel?
Do you feel the type of person you are looking for JUST isn’t out there?
And by “type” of person, this means: doesn’t have the necessary technical skills; doesn’t have the right attitude or their résumé and interview didn’t make the grade.
Let’s look a bit more at these three categories:
They do not have the necessary technical skills
Okay, that’s more than fair. You need a trained auto mechanic or dental technician or software programmer and no one is applying for the job who has the skills you need. Or those applying are weak in your needed skill set.
They do not have the right attitude
We’ve covered this in a number of tips. For most of us, the applicant needs to have the right attitude.
If he comes in wearing torn jeans and a tee shirt, wants to know when he’ll be getting his first raise and insists he can’t work past 2PM — well, you may not be eager to hire this person.
Also included in having the right attitude is actually showing up for the hiring interview AFTER committing to do so.
We’ve all heard the hiring maxim: “you can train for skills; you can’t train for attitude.”
Yes, attitude is important.
Their résumé and interview didn’t make the grade
Well, no need to comment in depth here. You know what I mean.
So, what’s the point of this hiring tip?
Well, some of us — and I fear a growing number — have concluded the right person just isn’t out there.
Some of us haven’t gone completely into apathy on this point, but we are moving in that direction.
We’ve been through so many interviews that didn’t reveal a decent prospect.
We’ve experienced so many disappointments during the hiring process AND afterwards when the person we hired just didn’t work out. In some cases, the person we hired turned out to be vastly different than the person we originally interviewed.
So what to do?
I have three words for you.
Three simple words that may sound like I’m patronizing you, but I assure you I am not:
Change your mind.
If you get yourself in a place where you’ve concluded the right person just isn’t out there, or if you’re moving closer and closer to that mindset, this is a dangerous place for you.
If you make the hiring decisions for your company or if you have input on who gets hired and you are starting to believe the right people aren’t out there…
Change your mind.
This is not mysticism, folks. This is not an airy-fairy proposition that I’m making here.
If you feel that the right people aren’t going to come in and apply for key positions at your company, you are going to help fulfill that “prophecy.”
People like to be right. They also tend to see and “bend” life in various ways in order to be right.
So, if the hiring process has worn you down to where you don’t feel the right person skill-wise, attitude-wise or otherwise is out there for you, you will help that belief along. In ways that you can see and in ways you may not see, you will confirm the “fact” that the right person isn’t out there.
You may have someone come in that shows a flaw or two in his presentation, and yet could be a real gem. BUT, if you believe that the right person isn’t out there, you may not “see” this person fully. You may miss an opportunity.
I realize people need to be skilled for certain positions. And people need to come in and present themselves well and bring the right attitude with them.
I understand and agree with you there.
If you find yourself getting to a place where you do not feel the right person is out there or if you find yourself believing it’s just so much harder these days to find the right person…
Change your mind.
Do not lock yourself into that belief.
And do not let events be the determining factor to change your mind. In other words, don’t wait for that incredible person to show up before you change your mind about the kind of people that are out there.
YOU change your mind.
YOU decide the right person is out there.
You could even decide there are a ton of right people out there.
If you think my advice here is too impractical or idealistic when it comes to hiring the right people, I understand.
But I also know it’s great advice.
Remember, people like to be right and will “bend” life in various ways to be right. Well, decide the right people ARE out there and you’ll find yourself bending life a little here and a little there … and the right people will show up.
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