Change THAT part in job description to attract and hire right employees. May be you are wondering now about “THAT” part? Firstly, lets take a quick look at common characteristics of job applications which attracts wrong applicants.
- This is the most important point – The specific & measurable goal/outcome the candidate need to achieve in 1-2 years is not mentioned in some job descriptions.
- Looks like a laundry list of tasks and responsibilities. Main focus is on what the potential hire will be doing. eg: coaching sales representatives, building client relationships etc.
- Too much of generic terms
eg: – Predict market trends, understand competitive moves, strategize accordingly, out of the box thinking etc. Generic terms are needed sometimes. Too much of them doesn’t help.
These kind of job descriptions end up in attracting wrong candidates.
Imagine this – You are looking for a sales person who has experience in achieving targets on an average of two hundred thousand dollars per month. Imagine a sales person with 3 years of experience looking for a new job. He has experience in achieving a target of fifty thousand dollars per month on an average. He sees your job description which doesn’t mention any experience in the target he needs to achieve. He just sees the responsibility – “Achieve sales targets”. Most probably, he will apply to your job. You screen his CV and talk to him. Finally, you understand that he is not the person you are looking for.
What if you have included this sentence in the job description – “The candidate must have experience in achieving sales targets on an average of two hundred thousand dollars per month”. There is a big chance that he may not apply for your position. I am not saying that he will not apply for sure because its human to test luck.
What’s “THAT” part?
May be you got an idea about “THAT” part already? It’s the part with specific and measurable goals/outcomes the potential hire needs to accomplish over the coming one to three years.
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Writing “THAT” part. Ask this simple question for any position
What are the specific and measurable outcomes that a potential hire needs to accomplish over the coming one to three years?
Topgrading, a methodology for hiring A Players propose to create a Job Score Card ( versus the standard job description ). A Job Score Card details a person’s purpose for the job, the desired outcomes of the individual’s work and the competencies – technical and cultural required to execute it. Topgrading is proven to be the world’s best hiring method – it has more than tripled hiring success in dozens of leading companies and hundreds of small/growth companies.
See a Sample Job Card below:
|Grow Revenue|| 1 million within 6 months
2 million within 12 months
|Get New Customers||Close sales with at least 3 new customers in 6 months|
|Activities|| 30 cold calls per day
2 appointments booked per week
At least 10 proposals send per week
5=Excellent, 4= Very Good, 3=Good, 2=Only Fair, 1=Poor
|Competencies||Minimum Required Rating||Rating||Comments|
|Cold Calling Skills||4|
May be you don’t want to put the entire job scorecard instead of job description to spread the position online. Choice is yours. Make sure that you make a job scorecard before starting the hunt for a new employee. When you get the job scorecard right, you will be able to write the outcome part in the normal job description in a crystal clear way. Use the job scorecard for doing the interviews.
Benefits of Job Score Card
- Helps you to hire the right person more than 90% of the time
- Helps to move from “Feel Good” hiring to Facts based hiring
eg: Imagine that you are interviewing a sales candidate who needs to achieve a target of 2 million dollars in one year. Check if there is anything in person’s history of results supporting this conclusion.
- Helps the interview board members to evaluate the candidates specifically
- Avoid mis-hires most of the time
Hope this article helps. Looking forward to hear what other challenges you face in attracting and hiring right employees.
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