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What Kind of Candidate Do You Really Need?

August 20th, 2016

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Do you need a candidate who is super fast or one who is slow and steady? Every position requires a different type of candidate to do the job. The problem is, though, it is not always easy to pinpoint the type of candidate right for your needs. The bottom line is that business owners need to consider if they want their employees to produce as much work as possible in a short amount of time or if they would rather have employees that are steady performers who take their time.

Consider Food for a Moment

A good way to look closer at this topic is to consider food ordering. There is a strong movement back to slow food, as opposed to fast food. With fast food, you get basic to low quality, moderate to low customer service and a rapidly delivered product. What type of product do you plan to offer your client?

Now, consider how this relates to the sharing of information. Employees who are moving at a rapid pace can share just basic levels of information while those who are working at a steady slower pace may be able to provide deeper information. Some positions just require more face time than others do. Keep in mind that by slowing things down, you also create a scenario in which customers get more one-on-one time with clients, something that many are looking for.

Balancing Positions with Employees

One way to master this process is to ensure you are hiring the right employees for the job and giving those employees the right goals. Some employees are just better matched to positions that allow for faster movement and less personal time. Other employees do better with more in-depth development.

Know what your positions require, too. Does the position require face time with customers? Does it require more attention to detail, or, do you just need to produce a higher quantity of product on a regular basis? You may even need to find a good middle ground where you can balance the needs of the employee to be slower with the demands of the client to get as much turned out as possible.

Staying on Target

To ensure employees can remain on target in these areas, experts say there is a need to schedule blocks of time for various activities. Create shorter blocks of time for those faster paced activities but pace out those hours for longer activities. Make it automatic. When you schedule time for a specific activity and it has to get done within that time, it is more likely to occur than if you just moved hour to hour.

Finding a balance is critical but finding the right balance between employee’s abilities and the needs of the task is critical. Those who can find this balance are more likely to achieve the productivity levels needed. Find the right candidates you need for each job by working with the career experts at Concorde Personnel.

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