Earlier this year I lost a true friend and Mentor. Dave Knutson was an extremely successful search professional that was well respected in this industry. He completed a number of high level complex searches that helped earn him induction to National Association of Personnel Service Hall of Fame in 2005. Dave had a way of looking at things different than most. I remember one article he wrote that we discussed in detail. It just came up again the other day when I was speaking to a Director of Talent Acquisition at one of my Major Medical Device Clients.
Companies feel tremendous pressure to find that “perfect” candidate. Let’s face it, the easiest thing to do is not hire and keep searching for the “savior.” One can always say there is a “shortage of qualified candidates.”
On the contrary, if a company finds the perfect candidate, then starts, works out, and eventually has to be let go (or leaves herself), then she wasn’t what she appeared. It’s her fault.
Lastly, if a hiring manager hires someone bad that doesn’t work out at all… Well we know who’s fault that is. The problem is, this fear of hiring can be so intoxicating, it can effect many people around. I can personally attest to a couple situations where a company has brought me on to save searches that have been open for long periods of time. It’s almost inevitable that I will reach someone that heard about the opening a while ago and proclaims “Wow, that’s still open! Something must be going on there.” This is just the perception from the outside (of people in this company’s space). What repercussions is it having on internal employees, customers who’s needs aren’t being met, etc? If companies aren’t willing to sometimes “think outside the box” and allow maybe more development time for the long term good of the company, they may continue to spin their wheels and hurt their reputation.
So where is everybody?