Ever wondered if you’re going to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? What about finding the perfect candidate for that job listing?
Finding the ideal candidate and the pot of gold can sometimes feel like the same thing for HR professionals. In fact, a SHRM study found that 75 percent of HR professionals who’ve had recruiting difficulties say there is a shortage of skills in candidates for job openings. On top of that, another 83 percent have had trouble recruiting suitable candidates in the last calendar year.
That’s all while there were 7 million jobs in December 2018, and 6.3 million people looking for work, according to the same study.
Talk about not having the luck of the Irish.
But eventually, the right candidate does come along. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, here are a few signs to let you know you’ve finally found the pot of gold.
They’ve done their homework
If a candidate shows knowledge about your company and the kind of work you do, it shows they’re clearly invested and have done some research. They may also have researched and discovered the original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue, not green.
And it’s not because they’ve had a few glasses of Irish whiskey. If a candidate is honest about everything, including their flaws, they show self-awareness and the desire to learn and grow. That’s a plus for any company.
They communicate well
The interview process is full of coordinating interviews, follow-ups and other tasks – usually by email. Obviously, it’s easier to get those things scheduled when the candidate responds promptly, which allows you to spend more time focusing on other tasks like searching for leprechauns.
You have a good gut feeling
If your stomach doesn’t feel green after an interview (and not because you ate corned beef and cabbage for lunch), that’s likely a good sign. There’s nothing wrong with trusting your gut, and you won’t need to give yourself a pinch, either.
They have new ideas
Maybe they’re already planning the St. Patrick’s Day parade route and their outfit for next year. Or maybe not. Either way, if they’re promoting ideas to help your company, forward thinking is certainly an attractive characteristic.
Good candidates are out there. It may take a little longer than you’d hoped, but at least you won’t have to go into a field to look for a four leaf clover. When you do find that pot of gold with a highly qualified candidate, go ahead and take another shot of Irish whiskey and celebrate.
If you’re looking for new ways to attract talent and improve your recruitment strategy, contact Apex HR Consultant Brooke Salazar, JD, PHR for more information.