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Expanding The Aperture

February 6, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Expanding the aperture is widening the scope to include more possible hires. Making the candidate pool bigger by tweaking or changing what is acceptable for a given hire.

All challenging searches begin with a tough set of requirements that the hiring manager is sure he or she needs and a candidate pool that nobody knows the size and depth of.  We define the candidate pool to include everyone who meets the requirements of the position and who would be open to considering it or at least hearing about it.  A person who is a perfect fit that would not consider hearing about the position is not in the candidate pool.  In the early stages of the search you get a good feel for the size of the candidate pool.  Often it is surprising, larger or smaller than expected.  Too many candidates in the pool can be a challenge.  Too few is a bigger challenge.

As long as the the right one (or one of the right ones) is there and reachable, the search works.  Great reach helps, but even with great reach you can have a situation where the candidate pool is so tight that the right candidate isn’t there or is not reachable.  As the search goes on, if there is no candidate flow or the right candidate is not found, the hiring manager has a choice.  Stay the course and be patient or expand the aperture.

This change doesn’t have to be drastic. In fact, it is better if it is gradual. Small tweaks and tunes that alter the requirements slightly. When you make a change you want to see what impact it has on the candidate pool. Because of this, you want to start early, well before desperation sets in. This will allow for small changes to bring additional candidates into the pool that will still give the hiring manager as much of what they need in the new hire as possible.  If a small tweak doesn’t open up the pool enough to find the right fit you can tweak it again.  A change in focus can really bring into focus what the hiring manager must have and sometimes the change in focus leads to a better fit overall.



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