Why Your Next Great Hire Doesn't Have to Come With Experience!
You need to leave room for interpretation. Yes, this will likely lengthen your recruitment and hiring process, but would it not be worth it to make sure you had the perfect candidate on the bus? I think it would be. If you are a company with limited resources when it comes to time and people you can dedicate to recruiting, like a tech startup, you could outsource your recruitment efforts to a reputable recruiting agency that has had success in your space. Just make sure that the recruiting firm you are in discussions with asks about your corporate culture, department's culture and the hiring manager's traits/characteristics. Any recruiting agency that does not dive deep with you to understand more than what your company does and the function of the role, is likely going to add no more value than posting a job on Indeed. They are simply going to funnel resumes that look "right" your way, and you will still be buried in candidates that may not be a fit. Ask a recruitment agency and yourself these questions about the hiring process:
Do we know our minimum skill threshold for success?
Do we know the character attributes of our top performers? Is there a common thread we need to pay attention to?
Are we evaluating the whole person and not just how they fit into the job description?
Do we have tools in place to test aptitude?
Do we have tools in place to measure characteristics?
Do we learn about the person's personal accomplishments or hardships they have overcome?
If you do have the bandwidth to manage your own recruitment process, it is important to spend time developing ways to further investigate "the whole person." When in talks with recruitment agencies, if they do not ask about or offer solutions around these questions, you are just as well off continuing the hiring process yourselves. They are likely going to do surface level sourcing that adds little to no value, and create more work for your internal team as poorly evaluated candidates flow in, in addition to your own internal efforts. So take the time the evaluate and revamp your recruitment strategy, yes, you will add layers to your process, but if in adding those layers you increase your quality of hires, reduce turn-over, increase the top and bottom line of your organization and discover more talent by taking more time, then it is most definitely going to be worth the extra effort. The diamonds in the rough are out there.