Think you need to be the perfect fit in order in order to get a job in this economy? Not necessarily. Most employers say they are willing to compromise when it comes to hiring new employees.
Research by recruiting firm Aerotek found that 86 percent of hiring managers are willing to compromise on certain characteristics in order to find the right candidate skills deemed essential to performing the job. Experience is the attribute hiring managers were most likely to compromise on, according to the study.
"The challenge that companies must undertake is to define the 'critical' attributes for the position that cannot be comprised and realize that 'nice to have' skills should not detract from selecting the candidate," said John Flanigan, senior vice president of recruiting operations and delivery for Aerotek.
In addition, the research found that nearly half of all hiring managers are optimistic about their chances of finding employees that have all of the skills and competencies they are looking for.
The survey also found that 69 percent of those in charge of hiring believe finding a candidate that meets the skill level, experience and salary requirements is the same or less difficult than six months ago.
The recruiting firm offers five tips to hiring mangers looking for the perfect hire:
- Be flexible: Understand compromise is key to finding the perfect hire and recognize that great candidates may not fit every job requirement, but that they have the most important attributes to succeed in the position.
- Invest in the hiring process: A continual review of recent hires is great confirmation that screening methods are producing optimal results.
- Explain your company culture: Be prepared to describe your company's culture as a positive differentiator. Applicants need to get a good feel for what makes the corporate culture unique, just as hiring mangers need to determine the individual's culture fit.
- Be honest: Be open and honest with candidates. Explain the attributes necessary to meet the desired objectives. Assess the candidate's current skill level and the key attributes they must possess to excel to the next level.
- Think outside the box: Today's workforce is made up of nontraditional workers, including contract employees. Evaluate if your company may benefit from integrating a flexible workforce.
The study was based on surveys of nearly 1,000 hiring managers.