Choosing the Right Candidate A Comprehensive GuideSpecial Guest Blog by Stephen Kennedy, HR Mentor at Mentors.ie

Hiring a new candidate for your company can be a complex situation. After posting the position, choosing the short list of interview candidates and performing interview rounds, you are now faced with a difficult challenge – Choosing the Right Candidate A Comprehensive Guide.  However, it is surprising how much interviewers’ impressions can change once they all have an opportunity to carefully discuss and consider all of the candidates. Be sure your approach to selecting the best candidate is a comprehensive and consistent approach.

Soon after interviews are completed, interviewers together select the best candidate.

Within one or at most two weeks after all interviews have been completed, convene the interviewers. Consider a consistent method to select the best candidate from among the interviewers. For example, mention the name of a candidate, and allow 15 minutes total for all interviewers to share their impressions of that candidate. Also share results of any comments from references and/or background checks. Repeat the process for each candidate. After all candidates have been discussed, then list the candidates again, this time having interviewers vote for the best candidate from the list.

If there does not seem to be suitable candidate, then consider the following:

  1. Are the job requirements too stringent or an odd mix? For example, the job might require someone with strong technical skills and also someone with strong clerical skills. Those two types of skills are sometimes unusual to expect to mix together.
  2. Reconfigure the job so that the nature of the required skills and training are somewhat similar and so that the overall nature of the job becomes more common.
  3. Hire the candidate who most closely matched the requirements of the job and then plan for dedicated training to bring that person’s skills up to needed levels.
  4. Re-advertise the position.
  5. Get advice from a human resources professional. At this point, your need for their advice is probably quite specific, so they might provide services on a pro bono basis.
  6. Hire a consultant for the position on a short-term basis, but only as a last resort as this may be quite expensive.