By David Reichard, President, Alluvion

Gone are the days when companies hired employees once the job descriptions were fully met. Although recruiting strategies still start with the job description (JD) because it’s a vital requirement when looking for skilled employees; care must be taken to see that the JD does not become so limiting that it ends up rejecting the right candidate. The JD is a valuable reference document, but also one that should be used carefully and with discretion. It doesn’t mean that a candidate must check every box in the document.

The question then becomes, how far are you willing to go to find a perfect match? As an employer, are you willing to pass on a candidate who has mastered a desired skill just because they are less experienced with another more generic one? Or, are you inclined to learn how the candidate has performed with their more challenging responsibilities and whether they are open to being trained in other areas?

Attitude and aptitude also factor in. An open attitude and willingness to learn can make any candidate a potential fit for a role that can benefit from that learning.

The key to avoiding missing out on potentially great “under-the-radar” candidates is looking for reasons to hire vs. not hire and having a smart recruiting strategy in place.

How can recruitment services help you address these issues?

Recruitment services offered by professional recruiting companies like Alluvion help you look beyond the JDs outlined by your internal team. We provide a true macro-view of the available talent pool. We focus our search not only on matching candidates with JDs, but also determining whether they’re a good cultural fit and whether some strong ones may have been overlooked for the reasons discussed earlier.

By refraining from focusing exclusively on matching a job description to words in a resume, our team at Alluvion ensure that the candidates are truly the best match for the company.

Wield the power of smart hiring to find the best talents

Smart hiring is a technique used by top recruiters. It advocates the importance of proactive vs. reactive hiring, which is the “last-minute” hiring that many small and medium-sized companies often conduct when there are emergency vacancies.

Smart recruitment allows recruiters enough time to help the hiring company gain a more in-depth understanding of candidates, based not only on their resumes, but overall attitude and aptitude. This may include doing personality tests to analyze a candidate’s emotional stability, sociability, ambition and interpersonal sensitivity, to help find the best person for the job.

Your hiring process should be both efficient and effective. By having an open, outward-looking approach as to why it might be better to hire a person vs. looking for reasons to not hire them, you will find the best talent for your company. Don’t overlook those who might have been a perfect match just because, at first glance, they didn’t check all the boxes.

At Alluvion, we are armed with the technologies and methodologies to help make this happen. If you need help with your recruitment processes, call us today at (904) 367-3292.