“I want people who are coming TO us, not running away from something bad. You know, bad job, bad boss, they’re unemployed; I can find those people no problem. I want people who WANT to work here.”
Interesting words spoken by one of my hiring managers during a recruiting meeting. I was fresh off my blog “job seeking is a lot like dating” so naturally I’m picturing the goofs on The Bachelorette always running to each other… bad visual. Then I really thought about what he was saying. Are my candidates really interested in my opportunity? Or is this just another pit stop on their resume?
And how will I know?
Please do not misunderstand me – I have no problem with hiring unemployed people, or those with transferable skills. What I’m talking about is simply this - does the candidate really want to work for MY company? Are they interested in US? Sometimes this mutual admiration develops over time. But when it does, here are some clues…
If they’ve applied, they remember. We’ve all talked to candidates who have applied to 100 positions in the last hour and just can’t remember if your company was one of them. So much wrong with this scenario… not the least of which is it shows a complete lack of focus on getting the job they REALLY want, which is with me… right?
They’ve done their homework. I don’t expect every candidate I call to know our entire history. We’re privately held, so frankly there’s not that much out there. Surely you’ve at least gone to our website and can ask an intelligent question or two about us. Speaking of questions -
They want to know more than just salary. Engaged candidates want to know what the team is like. How does everyone work together. What’s the growth potential. Why are certain things done certain ways. They want to know! If you’re thinking of making a long term commitment, yes even in a career, you want to make an educated decision.
They’ll never say - “I just want a job”. Because they don’t. It’s career growth. It’s stability. It’s the chance to be part of something they can be proud of, believe in. Cheesy? Maybe. Doesn’t make it any less true.