Would You Invite Your Candidate on a Camping Trip?

The title of this tip is a roundabout way of asking: How much of a personal relationship do you envision having with your prospective employee?

Which begs the question, do you envision having any kind of a personal relationship with your candidate?

Some of us are very close with our staff or a number of them. And some of us choose to have a strictly professional relationship.

If you are inclined to developing friendships with some (or all) of your staff, then this fact should also be considered during the hiring process.

What if you have a great prospect in front of you, the right skills, superb test results, a real depth of experience at the position, but they rub you the wrong way? What if you cannot see ever inviting them on a camping trip?

This does present an interesting dilemma. Do you let this prospect walk because they are not “friend” material? Or do you hire them and hope the perceived personality flaws were just a figment of your imagination?

Well, first things first. I do recommend trusting to your initial perceptions. I wouldn’t go overboard if your prospect didn’t place his pencil at a right angle to his legal pad, but all things considered, you are the best judge when it comes to new relationships.

But if you’re juggling whether to hire a supremely qualified candidate who you never see being a close friend of yours, you may need to shift your attention from your personal needs to those of the company. You don’t need to be a fan of Star Trek to appreciate:

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

That quote originally came from John Stuart Mill. He was known by some as “the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century.”

The quote on “the needs of the many…” is also a fundamental element of Vulcan philosophy, which is where our Star Trek reference comes from.

Okay, that’s enough of a Star Trek tangent. You know what I mean.

And who knows? You hire the highly skilled candidate who rubbed you the wrong way and down the road a bit you find this person is indeed “friend” material.



 

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