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In our Experts’ Table series, Michael Noble discusses how hiring the right talent can be the most important thing you do for your organization and for yourself.
Okay, hiring managers, let’s talk about our weaknesses. One of mine is that I think I have good instincts when it comes to hiring. The flaw in my thinking, however, is quickly exposed whenever I’m hiring for a highly technical or highly specialized role (one where I don’t have a background in the skills or the expertise personally). Let’s take programmers and developers as an example. I can ask teamwork and culture questions, but I don’t even know how to begin evaluating the candidate’s actual field of expertise. What would I do with a code sample? I do know that it’s a bad sign when I can’t fill up the interview time (in part because stereotypical developers can be very efficient in their communications). In such instances, I typically fall into these traps:
So, if these are our mistakes (or decisions with a higher probability of being mistakes), what is the better decision and how do we get there. They might look like this:
Making these kinds of decisions is so much easier when you are using a talent professional that knows the learning and development space. Your in-house recruiter may be perfectly suited to certain types of recruiting, but the generalist will struggle with both the highly specialized hire and the strategic hire. Here are five reasons why it’s going to make more sense to use an agency with specific expertise in the field:
The DIY model tends to work better when there is glut of highly talented individuals actively looking for positions. That is definitely not the case in the current economy. Another factor is the rise of the gig economy—using an agency can help you tap into the best freelance talent available in addition to helping you fill those specialized or strategic full-time roles. Hiring the right talent can be the most important thing you do for your organization and for yourself, but it’s not a skill for which we’ve been trained or prepared. It isn’t a weakness to seek out a more strategic solution.
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