Several months ago, I decided to give my bathroom a facelift. I don't know if you're like me, but once I get an idea like that in my head, it's on and there is no stopping me. After choosing just the right paint color, accessories and all the amentites a bathroom needs, I was nearing the completion mark. Save one item. The mirror.
You see, my home came with those large, plain, rectangular mirrors that the builder installs. All I knew was that I was not about to leave that plain mirror up a moment longer. I began the search of all types of stores for the perfect mirror. Then, I found it. It was a colorful, mosaic mirror at Pier One. But I did not buy it. In fact, I doubted that something so colorful and unique would work in that space. I kept thinking that maybe there was still one more mirror out there I had not seen. So, I left the store and went home.
I continued to look at mirrors but my mind kept coming back to the mirror with the mosaic frame. I finally decided that I was crazy not to buy it, even if it was bold and even if it was different than all the other mirrors in the house. I headed back to Pier One, ready to make the purchase. One problem...
The mirror was gone.
Can't be ordered.
The same thing happens each day as leaders make hiring decisions about high potential candidates. Recruiters work hard to source just the right person, one with the mix of experience and skills that also has a strong possibility of being a culture fit. Sometimes, the leaders stalls on the decision though because the candidate seems just a little too unique, too cutting edge or too different than the rest of the team. The recruiter tries to keep the candidate warm on the idea of joining the company, but many times, the candidate is lost once the hiring leader comes to his or her senses and decides to make that offer.
The reasons for a leader to be decisive are many, but three strong benefits of a faster decision are: