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4 Ways to Stop Wasting Time With the Wrong Candidates

4 Ways to Stop Wasting Time With the Wrong Candidates
From Recruiter - December 6, 2016

Tired of wasting time with the wrong candidates while fiercely battling with the competition for top talent? Adopt these four techniques:

1. Focus on High-Probability Candidates

Like weak logs lying around in the forest, there are plenty of weak candidates in the market. Stay away from the lazy logs. There is a reason they are beating down your doorand they generally turn out to be underperformers.

Additionally, unless youre one of the top employers of choice in town and you exceed average selling and retention rates, dont spend too much time recruiting people who are the absolute best of the besti.e., people who are on the way up within their own companies, have no reason to leave, have big egos, may not be team players, and could be difficult to manage. Instead, build relationships with these folks and leverage the relationships into resources. Ask these people for referrals. Primarily target the reasonable individuals who are not the classic job seekers but are great performers who have to be asked directly before they will consider another job. You have a higher probability of landing and retaining these candidates.

2. Identify Candidates Career Chasms

Prequalify candidates based on the gap between where they are now in their careers and where they would like to be in two years. You can identify where they want to be by using a short questionnaire or an interview. If the gap between where they are now and where they want to be wont be significantly filled by this job opportunity, pass on the candidate rather than disappoint them as an employee. Dont just throw an opportunity in front of a candidate before doing market research. You do it for customerswhy not for candidates?



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