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Random Thoughts On Recruiting – Waiting For The Perfect Candidate

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In a conversation with a client today the subject of waiting for the perfect candidate came up.  This hiring manager said he is not one to wait for the perfect candidate. 

I told him that we have clients that do wait forever for what they feel is the perfect candidate, and others who know when to pull the trigger on the candidate who fits, but may not be “perfect” in their ideal view.  This is a business decision.  In some cases it makes sense to wait for the ideal.  In many cases it does not.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen searches that lasted forever without the perfect candidate being found.  In many of those cases, business was affected in a very negative way for too long and it would have been a better decision to make a good hire earlier.

Everyone in the recruiting process (hiring managers, HR, recruiters both internal and external) needs to have a realistic perspective and understanding in order for the recruiting effort to be as successful as it can be.  Every search has a certain number of possible candidates that could fill it.  The number could be 0 and it could be thousands.  Those candidates are or are not findable and may or may not be willing to make the move.  With this in mind, the decision makers need to know how long they are willing to wait and how much they are willing to wiggle, if at all, on requirements.  With this kind of understanding by all involved, the process runs smoothly.  There is no right or wrong, it’s just a business decision.

Todd Kmiec

Todd Kmiec and Associates

todd@toddkmiec.com

  1. January 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    As a ‘recoverying perfectionist’, I find your post both true and haunting in terms of the current work place environment. I am glad to be in a place where
    ‘age and experience’ has brought me acceptance.
    Without my ‘own lovely flaws’,I would not be who I am today. Are so called ‘perfect people’ alone at night in too much pain, when they make an error? I have to ask.
    Thank-you for the ‘observent post’,
    Heidi House

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