I have experienced all sides of the hiring process. Obviously back in my corporate days, I was interviewed for positions I held. As a leader, I conducted interviews to hire team members, and as a recruiter, I assist companies to find the right people for the right seats. Through the years, I have seen a major shift that is concerning: seeking purple unicorns.
Perhaps you are the rare individual who believes purple unicorns exist, so I am sorry to burst your bubble when I tell you that no such thing exists. I am totally baffled and dumbfounded when I see job posts that require 30 years’ experience with a PhD yet want this person to be young and accept a measly salary. Seriously folks – do you read your own job postings?
As someone with a diverse background, I am shocked to see the narrow-minded view of experience in only one channel or industry, like health care. For some roles like a nurse, you definitely want hands-on experience, but for marketing or HR, wouldn’t you want someone who sees things differently, especially when the last person failed? President Clinton once said that if your entire team thinks and behaves just like you, you don’t have a diverse team but rather an ant hill!
We are becoming our own worst enemies and wonder why the hiring process is a grueling gauntlet that no one wants to ride. Add to the fact that we are expecting high-level, change agents, and creative minds to spend two hours on an online application that has been developed by someone who has never held the position. They are insulting at best!
If we want better, we have to do better. I get it; HR people are swamped, and they don’t have time to recruit. Directors and managers are looking to HR to own the process, yet they have their own job duties to handle. Then hire a professional like me! This IS your most important aspect of your job. Without the right people, your company will flounder and fail. Yet, too many HR people are running around chasing the latest, greatest flavor of the month that do NOTHING to add to the business and achieve goals.
Let us not forget that we are all hired to do a job, and that job must add value and drive business results. I’m an advocate for keeping it simple yet effective, and that starts with first identifying what exactly you need…and it is not a purple unicorn! If I had a dollar bill for every time a company posted a job and actively pursued candidates without really know what they want, I’d be a billion with a B!
Again, a professional like my self can help you clearly and concisely spell out what you need and who would be an excellent fit. Then, and only then, do you start looking for said candidate. We are wasting valuable resources, time and frustrating the heck out of the very people we should be hiring. Got a position you need filled? Give me a chance to show you how smoothly the process can go with a little preparation on the front end. Getting the right person on board who will stay long term will save you way more money than the expenditure of hiring my services.