Talent over job roles

  March 18, 2017

Whether you are an HR professional looking to effectively manage the talent pool within your business, or you're a line manager who needs to fill a spot on your team, you will probably have a rough idea of what skills, knowledge and behaviours you want from potential recruits. If you are hiring experienced employees then this shouldn't be a problem as there are not only a lot to choose from but it should be pretty simple to weed out the good from the bad using the traditional means.

If, however you are looking to recruit younger employees such as school leavers or graduates, then you might find it a look trickier. Graduates have no prior experience, and a fairly limited set of skills at this stage, so finding the right candidates is like finding a needle in a haystack. The real question to ask when hiring this specific subset of employees is: do you really know what it is you want from them? So you might know which roles you want to fill and what technical/specialist expertise you'd like them to have, but is this really enough to go on in order to make the right choice?

We'd argue no; and the reason we'd argue that is because as many as 1 in 4 graduate employees leave their first job within a year, with many of them quoting that the didn't feel the role/company was the right fit for them. Added to this is the fact that a large number of graduate recruiters continue to complain about the lack of skills that graduates have when entering the world of work. As a result both graduates and organisations are making big mistakes when it comes to finding the right fit, wasting time, effort and money. So in addition to thinking about the specific skills required for a role, also think about the big picture issue such as the values, behaviours and attitude you want in your graduate recruits, and consider which is more important. While skills and knowledge can be taught, it's far harder to do the same with values, behaviours and attitudes. Once you know exactly what it is you want from your graduates, then it's time to go out and find them, and if you find your current approach isn't giving you what you need, then speak to Happy Work and find out how we can help you match candidates on the competencies you deem most important for your vacancies.