Are You the Perfect Hire?
Is being less than "a perfect hire" good enough? Employers send mixed messages in a recent survey from Aerotek. A significant share of hiring managers feel that finding a flawless candidate is still possible, but they're willing to make compromises in order to land a recruit who isn’t perfect but brings commendable qualities to the table. However, the majority of executives aren't willing to overlook a candidate's lack of required tech skills. Chalk it up to a sign of the times. Even with high unemployment rates, the hunt for highly skilled talent remains competitive, and organizations are willing to shape promising employees into "their people" rather than expect a total package right from the start. "The challenge is to define the critical attributes for the position that cannot be compromised and realize that nice-to-have skills should not detract from selecting the candidate," says John Flanigan, senior vice president of recruiting operations and delivery for Aerotek, which provides technical, professional and industrial staffing services. Nearly 1,000 professionals who play a role in the hiring process took part in the research.