Impossible Choices: How to Choose the Right Candidate for the Job

The hardest part of hiring for a role that you have available is choosing the candidate.

You need to make sure that you have the right person for the role, but it’s not always easy to do that, especially if you have a pool of great candidates that you’ve been looking for.

It’s important that you choose the right candidate for a job that you have, but this choice can feel quite impossible sometimes.

Have you interviewed everybody?

Did you check what the candidates are looking for, aligning with what you are offering?

58% of businesses haven’t hired someone with a criminal record in the past 12 months but it could be different for you if you have an amazing candidate who has a less than savory background check.

So how do you know that you’re choosing the right candidate for a role? Let’s take a look at some of the things that tell you that they are the right person.

#1 Look at those resumes again

A good way to see whether you have chosen the right candidate is to compare resumes of those who have interviewed with you. Some people don’t write great resumes, but they are able to interview really well. How people represent themselves in their resumes can help you with how you can expect them to represent your business. So if your role that you are hiring for requires them to be eloquent with their words, then you’ll know whether they are going to be up for the task simply by looking at their resumes.

#2: Overlook the charm

You can have the most charming person ever interviewed for a role to help you to feel more impressed with them. But if you are overwhelmed with the caliber of the resumes that have landed in your inbox, it’s important that you avoid feeling dazzled and keep your business needs front and center in your mind. It’s very easy to be dazzled by a great resume, but you need to make sure that you are dazzled by the person too.

#3: Did you make a personal connection?

One of the most important things about the interview process is making a personal connection with the person that you are interviewing. Sometimes it can take a conversation to reveal who people are, and if the interviews have gone really well and the candidate is really good, then it’s a good chance that you’ve chosen the right person for the job.

#4: Understand what they want

If you have interviewed a load of people for a particular role, you need to understand what it is that they are looking for. Making a short list of the people who match the role is one thing, but making a short list of people who gel very well with you during the interview is quite another.

Hiring is not easy, but choosing the right candidate is the hardest part of the process. You could interview 10 people and only find two people that are right for the role. So you have to then choose from that small pool of people to know that you have picked the right one.