Recruiting and Hiring Process--First, define your "Ideal Candidate"!


“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” That's basically what the cat told Alice in the Disney Classic, Alice in Wonderland. The same is true in recruiting and hiring...if you don’t know "WHO" you’re looking for, you’ll take anyone you can get.


So, next time you begin a hiring or recruiting project, don't just dust off that same old job description and change the title...step back and "Begin with the end in mind!"

End In Mind Image

Sit down with the key stakeholders for the position (hiring manager, HR, someone affected by the position, current top performers, etc.) and decide the exact employee you are looking for by creating a scorecard/benchmark:

  1. Clearly define the purpose or reason why the position exists
  2. Determine 3-5 results/accountabilities you expect from the position
  3. Identify top skills, behaviors and motivators necessary for success in the position
  4. Determine non-negotiables such as years of experience, education, etc.

Once you've designed your benchmark, advertise for the position based on your benchmark and then score the candidates you screen and interview against the benchmark until you identify and hire your next "A" player.

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About The Author

Ron McNutt is Senior Partner at RMi Executive Search in Charleston, SC. RMi provides executive recruiting and executive coaching for companies in the Carolinas, Southeast and across the United States.