Change in the world of recruitment can come lightning fast (see sourcing technology, social media) or glacially slow (candidate experience, interview techniques, and so on.). One such glacier-like practice in my mind is employment references. You know the drill: It’s offer time, and you ask the candidate for references. The candidate sends you some to call, you call them, they say some wonderful things about the candidate and you check the box as completed. Done and Done. I am here to tell you that this is a practice that as it stands provides zero value. Yes – zero. Think about it from both sides of the coin:
When you think of some of the biggest business names around the world, who immediately comes to mind? Sir Richard Branson, the UK’s titan of industry who has had a hand in creating companies in dozens of different sectors, all around the world? Or perhaps the late Steve Jobs, known for his incredible work in helping Apple Inc. and Pixar Studios become the behemoths they are today? RELATED: How Do Employers Find Their Ideal Candidate? No matter who comes to mind, it’s quite likely that some of the top people on the list can be considered “mavericks." But what exactly do I mean when talking about a maverick candidate? The term was coined after the Texas pioneer Samuel A. Maverick (1803-70), who left his calves unbranded and is thus historically associated with a somewhat rebellious person. Studies indicate that successful business people such as Steve Jobs and Sir Richard Branson are quite often high on the scale of “maverickism," and can be said to possess a number of key traits. While there is no one definition on what makes a maverick, there seems to be consensus that mavericks are individuals that tend to be independent, innovative, and goal-orientated, among other things.
Recruiting top talent shouldn’t be that hard, right? Not so fast there, partner. Although there are plenty of people out there looking for work, finding the RIGHT people for your company isn’t as easy as some may think. And, if you happen to find great candidates for your company, keeping them can be just as challenging.