Does the “Perfect” Candidate Really Exist?

When it comes time to hire, you want a great candidate. That’s a no-brainer. But if you’re searching out the perfect one, and tossing aside high-quality yet less-than-perfect candidates in the process, you could undermine your business success. Here’s why: 

The perfect candidate doesn’t exist. 

As one of the best staffing agencies around, Murray Resources knows that a single candidate isn’t going to check every box. So if you’re searching for one who does, you’re wasting your time. In the process, you’re overlooking candidates who could be a great fit for the job with the appropriate training.   

You’re missing out on candidates with growth potential.

For instance, if you require a candidate to have 10 years of industry experience and won’t budge on that criteria, then you’re not going to look twice at the innovative, hard-working professional that just made a career switch two years ago into the field. They might have more than 10 years of experience, however they won’t qualify, based on your standards.  

You’re focused too much on technical aspects and not enough on fit. 

You need candidates that bring certain technical skills with them. However, if they have all the right skills, experience and abilities, but aren’t a cultural fit, they’re not going to be successful on the job. Instead, look for people who have a strong skill set and the right personality who can also be trained in areas that need to be developed.  

If you’ve spent weeks, months or longer searching for that perfect candidate, how do you change course? To ensure you’re not sabotaging your hiring efforts – and your bottom line – in search of a candidate that doesn’t exist, take a look at your hiring process. Is the criteria you’re judging candidates by too stringent? Are you passing up on strong candidates who don’t meet every single qualification? Does the hiring process have too many steps, causing you to lose top candidates to competitors?  

At the end of the day, when it comes to hiring high-quality talent, you need to be flexible. That means adjusting your vision of what the perfect candidate looks like and instead seeking out a great-fit one.  

Need help with your hiring process? 

Whether you don’t have the time or in-house staffing expertise, Murray Resources is here for you. As one of the best staffing agencies around, we know where to source candidates, how to screen them thoroughly, and ways to check and verify their backgrounds. This all translates into an excellent match for you. Contact us today to learn more.