Your Candidates are just not that “Into You”

job expectations

Job Alignment

People surprise me all the time that is why I don’t expect anything...

I’ve spoken with many candidates (lately - fintech product and engineer talent and CFO level talent) and those I speak with aren’t really candidates until I understand what problems they solve and what gets them out of bed to work every morning.

I expect nothing, nor should you the hiring manager until you can uncover what it is a candidate likes to do and what big things they want to achieve.

The hiring managers who “get it” know they need to understand what the candidate wants before they explain what the hiring managers want.

Too many managers make the mistake of finding the best candidate without finding out what the candidate really is passionate about and what drives them. Helping people find career happiness, is about them not you.

They hire the best, most “well-qualified” candidate only to find out later (typically after the buzz of a big salary jump wears off) the new hire has zero interest in helping the company achieve their goals. Instead, hire people who are interested in solving your company’s problems. Your new hires will be happier.

Yesterday, I spoke with a senior level engineer at a unicorn tech company, who while compensated well, is deathly bored out of his mind. He’s ready for a change, ready to make a jump, but I certainly didn’t expect him to take my call.

My point? You should expect nothing.

Do you know what your next hire OR your current hires get fired up to work on? Find out. It will level up your hiring game.

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