Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, relationships, and connections. At GoToro, we understand the importance of finding companies the right candidates and building long-lasting relationships. In fact, recruitment can be compared to the process of dating since both require effort, patience, and the ability to connect with others. But what makes for a perfect match in the world of recruitment? Let’s take a closer look.
Just like on a first date, first impressions are crucial in recruitment. A candidate’s resume, cover letter, and interview all play a significant role in determining if they’re the right fit for the job. A study from Career Builder found that 51% of hiring managers know if they want to hire a candidate within the first five minutes of the interview. That’s almost like finding love at first sight! However, unlike love, first impressions in a job interview can be a make-or-break factor in whether or not you want to hire the candidate.
So when deciding whether or not a candidate would be a great fit for the job, keep an eye out for the small things they do to show interest. Just like how a smile or a kind word can immediately capture someone’s heart, a confident handshake or well-thought-out answer can instantly let you know the type of candidate you have on your hands. A candidate that comes in prepared and eager to show you why they’d be a great fit is a person you want on your team. So, if a candidate shows up to an interview dressed like they just rolled out of bed, chances are working for your company isn’t their top priority, and they aren’t “the one.”
Good communication is the foundation of any successful relationship, romantic or professional. One of the most important qualities a company can look for in a candidate is strong communication skills. A study by the University of California found that employees who feel they can communicate effectively with their coworkers are 63% more likely to be satisfied with their job. Choosing an employee with bad communication skills can lead to unnecessary work tension and toxicity that your company does not want or need. When on the hunt for your perfect match in a candidate, show your company some love by investing in employees with strong communication skills to avoid conflict down the road.
In the same way people seek compatibility in their personal lives, companies should also look for compatibility in their hiring process. As mentioned earlier, you’ll know within the first few seconds of meeting a candidate whether or not they’d mesh well with the company. Just like in dating, a person can check all of your boxes, but they aren’t always a good match. A survey by Qualtrics found that 54% of U.S. employees would be willing to take a pay cut to work at a company that shares their same values. When reviewing candidates, consider if their values align with the company’s, and your chances of meeting your ideal candidate can only increase.
The job market is constantly changing. Just like a successful relationship requires the ability to adapt and grow together, a successful company also needs flexible employees who can adapt to changing circumstances. According to the annual Job Outlook survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 91.2% of respondents said problem-solving skills are the first thing they look for in a candidate. Look for candidates who can think outside the box to problem-solve. A study by the Harvard Business Review found that organizations that can quickly adapt to changes in their industry are more likely to outperform their competitors and see higher levels of profitability. Would you want to hire someone who could potentially prevent your company’s ability to pivot quickly? Just as love requires the ability to adjust to change, companies should look for candidates who can do the same.
Any successful relationship requires people to work together towards a common goal. Companies depend on the collaboration and teamwork of their employees to get results. According to a study by Forbes, teams that exhibit strong collaboration skills are 5 times more likely to solve problems effectively and make better decisions. Another survey by the Harvard Business Review found that companies that prioritize teamwork and collaboration see a 15% increase in employee engagement and a 20% increase in productivity. We celebrate the love and connection between people in our personal lives, but this same principle can be applied to the workplace. By hiring candidates who have strong teamwork skills, a company can create a positive environment where employees support each other and work together.
The Best Matchmaker Around
Ultimately, recruitment departments strive to make hires that enforce a strong and effective partnership between a company and its employees. Finding the perfect match in the world of recruitment takes time, effort, and a little bit of magic. Lucky for you, GoToro is the best matchmaker for companies and candidates in the game. If your company is in need of some candidate matchmaking, contact us today to get started.