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You Don’t Need Everything | No BS Hiring Advice

You Don’t Need Everything | No BS Hiring Advice

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to zero in on the real core skills you need someone to have and stop wasting so much time money and effort interviewing.


I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I'm back with more No BS Hiring Advice to help you make better staffing decisions, whether you're in HR, whether you're a hiring manager, whether you're a business owner . . . So many people, many firms these days are holding out for for individuals to walk in there door who meet every criteria of this lengthy job description.
How ridiculous. I'll give you an example.
I see job descriptions all the time 10- 12 items on this must have, absolutely must have and, when all is said and done, these "must haves" really could get boiled down to three or four different things while the rest of them are things that they might do somewhere once in a blue moon on a Tuesday night at two o'clock in the morning if it's sunny out . . . And it's ridiculous.
You I really need to dissect what your true needs are and then, for the ancillaries. How much time is it going to take the train someone? Seriously. How much of an expense is going to take to train someone will these secondary and tertiary items? When you think about it, your cost and your manpower cost of interviewing repeatedly these people who meetseven of the twelve and, then, you go, "no, I really need all 12," is far more expensive than what the cost is if you just let this person sit through with manual or a good book or sent them to a course and trained them on these ancillary things.
Look at the expense that's involved. You have four people interviewing 20 individuals over the course of weeks, you're interrupting their productivity to do other things and they're getting frustrated because they think their time is being wasted.
Stop this already. Just look for people who meet the real core of what you need who can work with your team and invite them to come on board. Now, if you're not sure, if you don't think they're adaptable, approach some of these people about working on a contract to hire basis. Try them out for a few months. Many people who are particularly unemployed who have worked in consulting are open to this kind of arrangement.
Stop wasting your time. It's ridiculous. Look at this over the course of a year. How many man-hours at what expense is being wasted unnecessarily going for all 10 of 12 items.
So, this is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I hope you found this video helpful. If you did it and you're watching this YouTube, share it leave a comment or hit the like button, just do something that lets people know this was worthwhile.
I also want to invite you to come over to my website, which is Sign up for a complimentary subscription to No BS Coaching Advice Ezine. I publish twice monthly with advice for HR professionals, hiring managers, small business owners and job hunters to help you make even better staffing decisions, help you witha job search and help you think. While there you can read some of the articles of curated from around the web that I believe will help you with yo. IUr hiring.
So, this is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter I hope you found this helpful. Hope you have a great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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