The four types of candidates
If you're wondering how to find the right candidate for a job, it's important to firstly understand how candidates typically fit into one of four categories - (1) unsuitable, (2) maybe, (3) looks good, and (4) looks good and are brilliant.
When categorising candidates, without a doubt the biggest challenge for recruiters is separating the category three candidates from the category fours, as both appear to be high achievers.
At 11 Recruitment we take pride in identifying and attracting high achievers. As such, if you're looking for a new employee, we invite you to learn more about our recruitment process. Click the links below or give us a call to discover how we can help you find and hire the best permanent staff.
Definitely not suitable for your role and easy to eliminate. A junior will be able to screen these candidates out.
Right personality but lack experience - or vice versa. You could train them, but there is a higher risk associated.
Resume is of interest, they interview well and pass reference checks, so we hire them. However, we later regret it.
Look good and are brilliant. We hire them and they are true high achievers who stay and excel for years to come.
The most expensive employee
Consequently, category three candidates are the most expensive employees you can hire.
Their overall performance is unsatisfactory and below par however, it is never bad enough to warrant a termination. These candidates have a high opportunity cost, as they will stay with your business for years.
How to avoid category three candidates
At 11 Recruitment, we know how to find the right candidate for a job. We create an Assessment Matrix for every job we fill, which functions as our recruitment blueprint. This helps us differentiate between category three and four candidates.
The Assessment Matrix lists the selection criteria for the role on the left side, while our recruitment process is listed at the top. Each selection criteria is addressed at least once during the recruitment process, with significant criteria addressed multiple times.
Undeniably, recruitment is all about reducing the risk of hiring the wrong person. If we receive three independent observations that all lead to the same conclusion, we have minimised the risk for that selection criteria. If a candidate has two positive observations and one negative, it doesn't necessarily mean they are not fit for the role; however, the risk is higher for that criterion.
In conclusion, the next time you use a recruitment agency, ask the consultant to detail their process and Assessment Matrix. If they can't show it to you, you have the right to question if you are getting value for money.
Want to recruit top talent?
Now that you understand how to find the right candidate for a job, you may be interested in learning more about 11 Recruitment's permanent recruitment services.
11 Recruitment is the leading perm and temp recruitment agency for white-collar staff. We source high achievers for jobs in Perth and throughout Australia.
At 11, we typically get involved in the recruitment process when a client is either seeking a high achiever to elevate their business, recruiting for a role that is hard to fill, or having difficulty sourcing or attracting suitable candidates.
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Managing Director of 11 Recruitment