How to Choose Between Two Candidates

How to Choose Between Two Candidates

So you posted your job out there, spent a good few hours sifting through applications to establish the candidates you wish to interview and appear to be ‘fit for purpose’.  You have then spent at least an hour interviewing each one, you have ended up with 2 strong candidates.  How do you choose?

It is a lucky dilemma to have in our shortage of candidates world.  However, you must take the time to thoroughly evaluate your applicants so you are confident in your decision. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself:-

  1. What’s your most important need?  If you have two brilliant candidates, that both have the skills to give you great performance and would be a positive fit with the company’s culture, you’ll need to make the decision based on what you need most.  Is it to increase sales, a good team player to add to your top-performing team?  The one that meets this criteria is the one to choose.
  2. Which candidate has the strongest record of achievement? It’s a good idea to recruit a candidate to grow in the position and produce significant achievements.  You don’t want to recruit a candidate that will get bored easily and become one of the job-hopping Millennial’s.  So ask yourself, which candidate has the strongest record of past achievement.
  3. Who would you most want to hang out with?  Focusing on fit, as this is the crucial determinant of future success in a company, the most outstanding candidate may not fit with the culture of the company.  What candidate would you most like to hang out with after work, discussing everything from the football to Netflix.  Then this is the candidate for you.

 

“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right”. Steve Jobs

How to Choose Between Two Candidates