Whether you’re a small business or a multinational organisation, your recruitment process is always going to be led (and sometimes hindered) by one thing: your expectations.
In principle, it’s so easy to explain. You have a role that you need to fill and that job has a specific set of skills that the employee will need to have in order to get the job done. However, the vast majority of the time the applicants you have coming through either don’t meet those expectations or are asking for salaries that exceed your budget. There are a number of stumbling blocks, trust me, after years in recruitment, I’ve seen them all.
A perfect example of this would be a Senior Firmware role that I was working on towards the back-end of last year. The company had been looking for a dev for months with little success. “We just can’t find anyone with x technology! They’re all either way over budget or they’re based in x city and won’t relocate!”. So I did my job as a recruiter, asked them questions about the role, and discussed the various technologies that they needed rather than wanted. Would you believe it, the technology they’d been dismissing candidates for not having, was actually more of a want than a need!
As employers – and even recruiters – it’s often incredibly easy to become fixated on a very specific idea of what you want in a candidate. In fact, we often become so fixated on a particular set of skills that we overlook candidates that, if given time to grow into the role, would be a fantastic fit! In addition to that, the people that are able to grow into the role are often the ones that stick around because they’re actually developing their careers and skillsets.
So how do we fix it?
As humans, particularly in today’s society, we’re conditioned to want to progress and improve our skills. Lateral moves (ie, someone who already has the skills you need) very rarely end up being long-term moves, so you’re really only kicking the can down the road until that person leaves and you end up calling up Rebel again and explaining that you can’t find the right candidate. To put it simply: if you’re struggling to find the right person for your role, you can often solve it just by getting an outside perspective and assessing your wants versus your needs.
Rebel Recruiters are proud to have been a part of the Nottingham tech scene for over 4 years now. If you’re a tech company or candidate based within the East Midlands who would like to work with a company that can provide you with the market knowledge needed to get the right people for your business, why not get in touch with us to see how we can help you grow your team?