In honor of today’s release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it’s only appropriate to incorporate the treasured movie franchise in today’s blog post. And what better way to celebrate “Star Wars” than to decide a 5,000 word essay written in the voice of Jar Jar Binks!?
Just kidding; that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment for readers, and could be considered a form of torture.
2016 will be here before you know it and if you’re running a business, the new year could mean new hires and you want to attract the best talent to your company before your competitors can. How does one do just that? Quality recruiting of course! If you’re not recruiting the right way then you can say goodbye to those all-star employees you want in your office.
Therefore, let’s apply some of the wise words of advice from “Star Wars” characters for quality recruiting.
5 Things to Consider When Recruiting
1.) “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Recruiting Translation: Don’t trust first-impressions from applicants. Whether you’re meeting a well-dressed candidate in-person or reading a fancy resume, don’t move forward with that person right away. Use phone-screens to get to know your applicants before you bring them into the office for an interview. Some people are not the same as how they appear.
2.) “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Recruiting Translation: If you’re going to recruit candidates, do it the right way. Otherwise you’re simply going through the motions of trying to find someone to quickly fill your open position, which typically likely ends up leading to turnover for your company. Instead, use a process for your recruiting that leads towards filling up your candidate pool with plenty of qualified applicants.
3.) “Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn
Recruiting Translation: The more time and effort you put into your recruiting, the better chances you have of attracting better talent. The reality is that if you don’t have a structure to your recruiting process, then you’re only going to have a limited amount of applicants, with few qualifications related to your job requirements. It’s like the old saying goes, “hard work pays off” and the same goes for recruiting.
4.)"Sometimes we must let go of our pride and do what is requested of us.”– Padmé
Recruiting Translation: Don’t let your gut feelings decide recruiting and hiring decisions. This happens all the time; yet turnover is still a major problem for many businesses. Swallow your pride and follow the hiring process throughout for every candidate, even the ones you think might not seem fitting on their resumes. You never know, the one with the sloppy resume but good experience might end up being your best candidate for the job.
5.) "Patience you must have, my young Padawan." – Yoda
Recruiting Translation: Have patience when waiting for your applicant pool to fill up. If you’re recruiting the right way, you should have 100 applicants within 14 days. Sometimes, it takes long but that’s ok. If you’re following a structured process for recruiting, it’s just a matter of time before qualified applicants start rolling in.
Follow this advice when recruiting next year and you’ll be saying, "The Force is strong with this one," about an excellent candidate before you know it.
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