“Set up clear expectations and standards when a panel is scoring. It makes it fair and consistent for each candidate. At the end of the interviews, you have numbers, and the numbers don’t lie.” – Autumn Stern
There is no doubt that setting up hiring strategies can make a difference for your organization. In an effort to better understand strategies that work, I talked with Autumn Stern, a senior HR analyst and former Disney cast member. She has an extensive expertise in HR, focusing on hiring and retention practices.
Throughout our conversation she highlights some of the most common mistakes leaders make in their hiring strategies and how to avoid them. From overlooking “overqualified” candidates to being hesitant about hiring recent college graduates, her advice is practicle and easy to take action on. There were three big takeaways that are important for everyone to hear.
First, don’t be afraid of “overqualified” applicants. Autumn made a great point that if someone is deemed “overqualified,” it means they have the most relevant experience and could be the best fit for the position. Don’t dismiss them, give them a chance!
Next, embrace college graduates for entry-level positions. Contrary to popular belief, college graduates are eager, motivated, and ready to prove themselves in their first job. They bring fresh ideas and a willingness to learn. Give them an equal opportunity to interview and show what they can bring to the table.
And finally, focus on job requirements, not personality. Hiring based solely on personality or a perceived fit within the team is not a fair practice. Instead, focus on finding the best candidate for the job based on their skills, qualifications, and experience. A cohesive team is a result of each team member excelling in their respective positions.
Whether you’re a business owner, manager, or simply curious about effective hiring strategies, this episode is a must-listen. Autumn’s insights provide valuable guidance for hiring success in your organization. Remember, diversity, embracing “overqualified” candidates, and setting fair assessment methods will lead to stronger teams and future growth.
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