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Hiring Those Who Can Do

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As new graduates flood the market and unemployment remains high (especially for recent grads), I found this article by Tom Friedman timely.  Friedman writes about HireArt, a start-up firm focused on connecting employers with candidates who demonstrate their job fit through realistic job previews and assessments.  They solicit not only resumes from job seekers, but also written and video responses to hypothetical but realistic work situations.

I’ve  written in the past about candidate assessment as well as how to determine when to cut people loose who weren’t good fits.  Hiring people always feels risky.  Organizations try to mitigate this risk by encouraging employee referrals, and often by looking at lots of candidates before they make a decision.   The HireArt approach makes a lot of sense.  In the hiring part of our business, we similarly help organizations source and assess candidates whose skills and preferences will allow them to be successful.

As I’ve also mentioned before, though, candidate assessment is only half the equation.  You need to start with the right set of assessment of criteria.  As a first step to hiring success,  managers need to work with recruiters to create hiring profiles based on the competencies required for success in the position.   Based on that profile, managers and recruiters can then work together to establish appropriate screening and assessment criteria and approaches.  This approach is harder and takes more time than posting a recycled job description and hoping that the right resume will appear in the pile.  It may, however, save you from the pain and heartache of positions that remain open for months or worse yet, the mutual disappointment of hiring the wrong person for the job.

What we’re reading this week:

The problem with the “babies are a focus-killer” angle: www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/05/the-real-problem-with-the-babies-are-a-focus-killer-theory-bad-for-business/276282/

What will cloud computing mean in 10 years? www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/what-will-cloud-computing-mean-in-10-years-219497

Next step in Cloud – target the user: www.wired.com/insights/2013/05/next-step-in-cloud-computing-target-the-user/

Myths about Obamacare: www.cnn.com/2013/05/29/opinion/carroll-obamacare/index.html

The 4 kinds of candidates you shouldn’t hire this year: www.tlnt.com/2013/05/30/the-4-kinds-of-candidates-you-shouldnt-hire-this-summer

Bloomberg BusinessWeek on the rise of the “alpha dads”: www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-30/alpha-dads-men-get-serious-about-work-life-balance

RT @SHRM: Are you headed to #SHRM13? Connect with other attendees BEFORE you get to Chicago here: ow.ly/lyazH

Are Disengaged Employees Sabotaging Your Company’s Success? ow.ly/lsHAQ via @TLNT_com

Inspire Millennials To Get Their Best Work ow.ly/lsLvO via @Forbes

Implications Of An Older Workforce ow.ly/lvczQ via @hrbartender

Motivation Mystery: How to Keep Employees Productive ow.ly/lxTCa via @Forbes

Navigating Work Stress From the ER, Bed and Beyond ow.ly/lxUex via @HealthyLiving

Kronites are talking about:

CEO Aron Ain’s appearance on Bloomberg radio: 5.30.13 Aron Ain Interview with Bloomberg

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: ow.ly/lmcWz #Cloud

Thank you to the families of the fallen that we honor today. ow.ly/1WLAEe via @SmarterCafe

Escape the Dark Service Pack Forest ow.ly/lvckb via @SmarterCafe

RT @SmarterCafe: I think “stewardship” is in its 15 minutes of fame. ow.ly/lxXKJ #Kronos #LiveUnited

When it comes to preparing for the #AffordableCarAct, cover all the bases. Join our exclusive event at Wrigley Field: ow.ly/lsH4e

Don’t miss out — $300 KronosWorks savings ends May 31! ow.ly/lv3hm

It’s not #bigdata that’s the big deal — it’s what you do with it that matters. ow.ly/lv5m5

@ventanaresearch Recognizes #Kronos and @UnitedWestTexas (#UnitedSupermarkets) for Innovation ow.ly/lvYMX

Free HR Webcast:Success Begins with Strategy: #HR #Innovation in the Workplace ow.ly/lxOhj via @HRDailyAdvisor

The Human Resources Guide To the Affordable Care Act [#ACA] ow.ly/lxvYK via @hrbartender

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