Recruiting As Told By Movie Titles

Scary movies around Halloween, a feel-good movie next to a cozy fireplace during the holidays, these are just a few of the ways cinematography fits into our lives. Some people use movies to relax, some to have a good cry while clutching a pint of ice cream. Movies tell stories and show us new worlds, they can also teach us things about our own lives. In today's blog, we're going to use movies to describe the hiring process as it can be told by movie titles. 

Although there are some classics on this list you've probably seen before, put storyline aside. We’re just talking about the titles here. So, power down your cell phone, sit back, relax and enjoy the read!

Mission Impossible - Hiring

For a lot of small business owners, or those familiar with hiring practices, this particular movie title encompasses the feeling of starting the hiring process. Where to start and how to find good people - this task is daunting from the beginning. The right fit is crucial for your company culture. You want someone with the right experience, education and let’s not forget at the right price!

A Few Good Men - Your Candidates

After weeks of recruiting on a few job sites, this movie title sums up the results from your hiring efforts. Most people want their job post to yield many applicants. With inferior job boards, that’s not the case. Additionally, depending on your industry, it can be difficult to attract a diverse group of applicants to consider for the position. If the small group of candidates includes the perfect fit, that’s great news! But that rarely happens. To attract a diverse, qualified group of candidates, take a hard look at your job description and where your jobs are listed online.

He’s Just Not That Into You - The Offer

Recruiting is a lot like marketing, (or dating, depending on your situation) these days. Not only do you need to cut through the clutter to reach good people, you need to appeal to their values and connect with them. The battle for the best is competitive and it’s not uncommon for applicants to turn you down. No one likes rejection, even if it is just for a job offer. Avoid this by writing your job description to reflect what working with you really entails. Try to be somewhat upfront about the compensation and don’t take too long to get back with them!  

Horrible Bosses - Your Online Reputation

If you haven’t read our Whitepaper on why your online brand image matters so much, go do that now! Many job seekers are doing their research when applying for jobs and your reputation could be turning candidates away. We all hope this movie title doesn’t reflect what people have to say about your company, but you won’t know unless you manage your online brand. These negative reviews can take you from the top of the list to the bottom. No one wants to work with a challenging boss. If this title does reflect what it’s like working in your organization, it’s probably time to make some changes.

Say Anything - The Interview

For those who have conducted interviews, you know some applicants will say just about anything to get the job. Exaggerations and flat out lies are, unfortunately, something you need to watch out for in the hiring process.

Brush up your interview questions and follow-up with previous employers. Avoid specific, task-related questions and aim questions at work processes and personality traits. Every job requires training and will have a learning curve, you’re really looking for personality traits and a willingness to work hard. Try to stay away from the questions that lead to pre-rehearsed responses that candidates think you want to hear.

Reality Bites - Hiring Process Timeline

The hiring process takes time and due diligence. Phone calls, interviews and sorting through applications can eat up your entire day. Avoid the urge to just fill the position and move on. The hard truth is that this process is long and exhausting. It’s well worth the time to make sure you get it right. There’s no other way around it, and for some hiring managers, this process just bites.

As we roll the credits on this blog really think about your own hiring process. Are you ready for success or are you just hoping for the best when it comes time to add someone to the team? If you’re ready to find a better way to hire - start for free!

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