Even as more qualified candidates enter the job market, it can be difficult to find individuals who not only possess the requisite skills and executive experience to excel in leadership positions but also fit the existing workplace culture. Fortunately, there are a few key recruitment practices that, more often than not, allow organizations to hire and retain transformative talent.
Tamp down unconscious biases
Many hiring managers have unconscious biases that directly impact recruitment efforts, according to human resources expert Suzanne Lucas. It's best to address this issue by adjusting the hiring process to discount variables that might stoke such feelings. For instance, as Lucas pointed out in a column for Inc., some organizations ask candidates to submit resumes without names so interviewers can judge candidates based solely on their experience.
"Attitude is just as important as skill when it comes to hiring."
Hire for attitude
We've broached this topic before, but it bears repeating: Attitude is just as important as skill when it comes to hiring. Candidates with the right attitude and base-level competencies often outperform certificate-laden subject matter experts who resist change and bristle when confronted with feedback, Harvard Business Review reported.
Reduce the red tape
Workplace policies are, of course, essential, as they provide structure and establish expectations. However, overly restrictive internal codes can hamstring human resources personnel. The fact is, today's professionals have high expectations when it comes to office culture and will not hesitate to pass on organizations that don't facilitate modern practices, like telecommuting.
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