Is Perfectionism Destroying Your Hiring Process?

Every hiring manager has a vision of their “perfect” candidate. But some are unwilling to settle for anything less than perfection. If a candidate doesn’t check off every box on their wish list, that candidate is summarily rejected.  However, this type of approach is likely costing you great hires. It’s good to have high standards, but perfectionism could be ruining your hiring process.

The Perfect Candidate Isn’t Looking for You

Here’s a reality check for anyone conducting a standard, traditional candidate search. Top talent isn’t actively looking for a job. They are currently employed and are not browsing job boards in their spare time. If you’re posting jobs online and hoping talent will find you, you’ll be waiting a long time.

Skills Can Be Learned

There is little logic in rejecting a candidate who checks off almost every item on your wish list but lacks a single skill or a year or two of experience. The truth is, skills can be learned – and the right candidate can learn them quickly.  Be realistic about things you can compromise on in your search, so you don’t lose a talented new hire.

Perfection Should be a Red Flag

If someone checks off every single box on your wish list and breezes through the interview process, don’t assume you’ve hit the jackpot. In fact, think back to past bad hires you’ve made. How many of those came as a surprise, because the candidate interviewed so well?

Some people are very adept at landing jobs. They know how to position their resume and they can read a room very well. They give you exactly what you want to hear, but when they’re on the job, it becomes apparent they aren’t who you thought. Someone who seems “too” perfect might be too good to be true.

How to Find the Best Candidate

Searching for perfection unnecessarily slows your hiring process, leaving critical roles vacant for much longer than they should be. Loosening your grip on perfectionism and focusing on overall fit will speed up the process, but it isn’t easy to do.

Fortunately, you can improve the accuracy and speed of your hiring process, without sacrificing quality. The right strategic recruiting partner can connect you with professionals who have the critical skills you need and the personality to succeed in your work environment.

At Morris Bixby Group, we know the challenges ag businesses face when it comes to recruiting talent.  Our expert recruiters take a proactive and team-based approach to deliver strong candidates who are aligned with your business, your strategy and your culture. Contact the agricultural staffing experts at Morris Bixby to start connecting with top talent, today.


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