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Why hiring smart people is not that easy

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Hiring the best candidate is not always simple. It requires common sense. HR managers must plan ahead. The mere recruitment process or HR policies will not guide recruiters to select the right person for the right job. Recruitment is a logical process. One must understand the business and its priority.

Just as a candidate should prepare for an interview, a recruiter needs to prepare as well. The first step is to understand the job description, role outcome and capabilities required to perform the role. Most HR staff conduct pre-screening to determine whether the candidate meets the basic requirements of the job. More often, this task becomes a waste as many candidates lie about their credentials. Sixty percent of CVs are inflated. But smart candidates never do what other jobseekers do. They speak about their past and present contributions well. They do not make cosmetic changes in their bio-data. They are overachievers in real life.

I recommend paying attention to what people do, not what they write in their CV or say in the interview. Recruiters should have the competency to predict behavior. Smart people have higher cognitive abilities, are results oriented, and believe in innovation and productivity. They love their profession than their employer.

There is no harm in bringing the right talent if we know already. There is no need to conduct a big recruitment process including doing assessments for known candidates. It is ridiculous to follow a lengthy selection process for a candidate already indentified by the senior management.

Smart people cannot be headhunted by HR staff. It is the job of the line managers to source the right candidates. The organization must make a shift from conventional selection methods. The HR's role is to coordinate the selection. Every manager must act like a recruiter.

Handy Hints:

• Use network and referrals to find the best talents in industry

• Cut out the long recruitment process of identifying the right fit

• It is the job of the line managers to source the right candidates

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Source: Dr. Pon Mohaideen Pitchai, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is a Dubai-based HR and Management Consultant