When you’re short-staffed and desperate for talent, it’s easy to give in and hire the first moderately qualified candidate, just to fill your roster. However, this tactic doesn’t equal lasting success. If you want to take your company to the top and stay there, you need to hire with the future in mind.

Oftentimes, the best person for the job is far from the most obvious choice in the moment. Instead of acting on impulse, take time to think about what’s best for your company in the long term, keeping the following in mind.

Top Talent Learns Easily

You may have a better feeling about a less experienced candidate, but feel obligated to go with the seasoned professional because they already have the skills needed to get to work. However, it’s important to remember that bright and motivated professionals learn quickly, so investing a little time and energy into the candidate you really want can pay off ten-fold.

You Can’t Change a Bad Personality

Finding the best cultural fit is actually more important than securing a candidate with all the right skills. If a new hire lacks a few skills, you can easily change that, but if the employee has a personality that doesn’t mesh with the rest of the team, there’s not much you can do. Bad hires disrupt the balance of the entire team, creating a rift wherever they go.

Quick Hires Don’t Last

Hiring for current needs essentially puts a Band-Aid on a much larger issue. In the short term, your impulsive hiring decision will probably pay off, as the person will fill a gap on your team, but this isn’t an effective solution for the future. Turnover levels soar when you keep hiring the wrong candidates. It’s impossible to move forward when you’re constantly forced to take a step back and start the hiring process all over again. When you choose a candidate with potential for long-term success, they remember you took a chance on them and repay you with years of hard work and loyalty.

Strategic planning is the secret to success in the automotive and manufacturing industries, so allow JC Malone to assist with your hiring needs. We’re proud to work with some of the best companies in the world, filling vice president to staff-level positions, and we’d be honored to add your company to the list. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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