Cultural Disruption: hiring someone who doesn’t “fit”
Why is this a problem?
You go to the time and effort to design a job spec, to locate candidates, to interview them, assess them and put together an offer… and then they say no! It’s one of the most frustrating things that can happen in work. It usually means one of two things, accepting second best, which is never comfortable, or starting over, the impact of which in time and lost work can be colossal. Given that you’ve already gone through the entire recruitment process, to lose the ideal candidate at the final stage is economically and emotionally the worst possible point that it can happen. So why does it happen, and most importantly what can you do about it?
In today’s fast paced society, our time is valuable. Which is why we’re not surprised by large companies being advocates for the automated video interview. For an automated interview, a candidate logs onto a portal and is given a series of questions to answer. They’re given a practise round and then a set time to answer each question. We saw on our LinkedIn network, a candidate had a video interview and lost his words, he panicked so much that he just didn’t move until the time was up. That way, the company would have thought the system had frozen. You have to hand it to him for his quick thinking!
We have all been on the receiving end of a phone call from a recruiter pushing a role in finance, when your CV clearly states that you’re in marketing.