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What to Do When a Candidate Fits the Job Description on Paper, But Not in Person?

August 14th, 2017

We’ve all been there – you announce a job, read through the resumes and think you’ve found the right candidate. You select a few applicants to interview and when you finally meet the candidate you thought would be perfect, you find yourself disappointed. Maybe they have an extensive background that matches what the position requires, but in person, they don’t seem that interested in the job. Perhaps you meet them and realize their personality won’t fit with the rest of the team. What do you do when a candidate fits the job description, but not in person?

Instead of having to extend your search, there are methods you can implement to ensure you’re finding the right person.


Know your culture and the kind of candidate who will fit.

The first step to hiring the right person is knowing the kind of person you want for your team. Understanding your company culture and the personality needed can help expand your search beyond standard qualifications. Try doing your first round of interactions as brief phone interviews, allowing you to sample a larger selection of applicants without a lot of time.


Have several departments interview top candidates.

Maybe you think you’ve found the perfect fit after phone and first in-person interview, but you want to be sure. Try adding a layer or two of interviews with other departments related to your team. This way you can get an unbiased perspective about whether your candidate is truly a good addition to your company.


Try a temporary employee to see if it’s a permanent fit.

Sometimes you will do all the right steps and find the best candidate, only to learn it still isn’t going to work out. A great option to consider is a staffing agency. They can find you the best employee based on your needs and the temporary hire period allows you the opportunity to see if it’s going to work out. Your position is filled sooner and provides a trial time for the best results.


Let Staffing Resources find the right person on paper and in person, in less time

Based out of Atlanta, Staffing Resources exists to find the best talent for your company to help you succeed. No one knows the city like we do, and we’re confident we can find the right employee for your every need. Contact us to learn more about services and what we can do for you.

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