When it comes to talent acquisition, “DNA” is more than just something your science teacher droned on about in high school. Dimensions of Necessary Attributes (DNA) accompany every potential candidate, many of which are overlooked in the hiring process. Much of this disconnect is attributed to traditional recruiting processes where recruiters and hiring managers focus solely on skill and shy away from measuring other crucial characteristics of a candidate.
These key dimensions – Skill, Attitude, Competency, and Culture – make up the real building blocks of a Candidate’s DNA. Recruiters and hiring managers must understand the importance of these attributes and how they relate to the flaws with common recruiting practices in order to improve the odds of a candidate’s long-term success.
To consider these key dimensions, we must first understand the basics of what they mean:
• Skills/Experience – Does the candidate have the training/education/skills to do the job?
• Attitude – Has the candidate shown they want to do the job?
• Competency – Does the candidate have the ability/behaviors to do the job?
• Culture Fit – Does the candidate do the job in a way that fits the company?
There is always lots of discussion about the means in which sourcers and recruiters gather information on potential candidates. How do you find the right people to call? If you find a name on LinkedIn but need their direct reports, how do you find them? Often this entails picking up the phone and calling into a specific company in order to find the information you or your client needs.
“Rusing” has been around since recruiting has existed. Stretching the truth about who you are to get information closely held by a company on their employees is as common today as it was 20 years ago when many of us got into the business. What are the ramifications of gathering information through “rusing”? Although the laws can be relatively ambiguous, they are also specific enough to sourcers, recruiters, and potentially their clients in hot water.
After having my legal team do a little research, we developed a short summary of what the laws says and does not say on this topic and you can download it HERE. The conclusion? Beware of certain practices – they can bring costly litigation and ruined reputations!