by Kaye Walls, Sr. Director of Human Development, RIVA Precision Manufacturing
Recruiting is one of the most important aspects of Human Resources Management. In recent years, we have all heard that finding the right person for a given position always boils down to fit. Beyond skill, experience, and qualifications, an employee must be a good match for the organization. What is the best way to determine if a candidate is a good fit?

Make it Personal

Getting to know the candidate on a personal level is helpful. Finding out what is important to them outside of work can help identify if he or she will ultimately be happy working for a given company. To connect with an applicant, it is important to ask questions about what they enjoy. Understanding a person’s likes and dislikes, hobbies, and life goals will allow you to see the person’s strengths and weaknesses. Fit is important because it allows the candidate to feel good about the company. When someone fits in at work, they are able to perform and grow. While asking personal questions, giving an opinion, accepting guidance, or critiquing work helps create a sense of comfort and camaraderie. Additionally, taking a prospective employee to dinner with his/her spouse, or partner, is a good way to make things even more personal. It provides valuable insight on whether the candidate is a good fit for the organization.

Connections with Management

Connecting with a manager is another important indicator of a good fit. If a manager or department head is supportive, available, communicates well, gives clear direction, and helps candidates navigate potential pitfalls, it is likely the candidates will then enjoy going to work, working as a part of a team, and will exceed expectations. Recruiters must take the time in advance to talk, connect, discuss and dive deeply into the personality of a candidate, especially in key positions. This process can be very time consuming, and may require several meetings with a candidate before a final decision is made.

Multifaceted Background

When sourcing a management position, it is important that a candidate has experience as a leader, problem solver, and team builder. Being a good match with a manager is essential to success, and ultimately the success of the team. Often, we spend more time at work than with our families. A job becomes the home away from home. Employees bond over sports, music, family life, vacations, food etc., and most employees share their life experiences with co-workers. If an employee finds it difficult to share his or her ideas, thoughts and feelings, they will always feel like an outsider.
Many companies encourage bonding amongst employees by having company sponsored events both on-site, and outside of work. There is no hard formula for selecting the perfect employee, but taking the time to connect with each potential candidate during the selection process  increases the chance of hiring and retaining great talent.