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Don’t hire for fit, hire for THIS…

Submitted by on Thursday, 19 September 2013No Comment

Ask many HR professionals what their priorities are when they hire, top of many of their list will be ‘hire for fit’.

Probe a bit deeper as what this means – for them – and you can get any answer from psychometric suitability to ’70/20/10′, culture fit or, a more vague  ‘get on well with us at the interview.’

All too often what it boils down to is that a person must fit in, or – as we all know – be a clone.

Yet as we have seen in previous posts, companies – especially CEOs – decry the lack of talent available that enables them to stand out.

Something is not right…

‘Hire for fit’ is really a get-out for something else entirely…

This recent article by Barry Schuler sheds light on the problem.

Hiring for fit, as he points out, doesn’t furnish your company with the counter-culture that brings your workplace alive. Instead, it’s a recipe for in-grown thinking and tired old ways of doing.

This is fine if every role you hire for is on the production line. But specialists? Management level? Future CEOs? And what about innovation?

But there’s something else going on here. That is usually that the people in charge of the hiring process – HR – are themselves risk averse. ‘Hire for fit’ for them is a neat get-out to hire someone who is conservative, fits the mould, and doesn’t stand out.

In other words, exactly the most unfit people for what the CEO wants and the universal business of  change.

Don’t hire for fit, hire for this…

So what should we be hiring for?

Quite simply, we need to hire for talent.

We’ve covered the concept of what we mean by talent before here.

And we’ve seen how hiring for talent is a quick way of taking your company from ‘Good to Great’, as per Jim Collins’ research that these companies differentiated themselves by growing  ‘First Who, then What.’

And we’ve also shared Stephen Covey’s views on numerous occasions that ‘Strong teams are not about similarities, but differences.’

“If you hire people who are smaller than you are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If you hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants.”

David Ogilvy

All the above point to the commercial and common sense of hiring for talent – the innate natural abilities unique to each of us.

But how do we do that?

This tool – developed with over 90 years’ research and more recently using MRI technology – lets you do that.

And it means that hiring for talent has never been easier!


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