One often unrecognized fact about hiring and promotional processes is that a job interview is a two-way evaluation. That is, the candidates as well as the employer have the opportunity to assess the goodness-of-fit between themselves, the job, and the organization. In order for both sides to make informed decisions, however, the employer must provide all relevant information, both positive and negative. To do otherwise would be a disservice to all stakeholders as well as to the organization.
If asked why they decline to mention the down sides to a given job, most employers say they don’t want to scare off good candidates.
I’ve got news for them: they’re going to lose new hires who discover their expectations will not be met. On the other hand, new hires who are poor fits are likely to stay, causing negative repercussions throughout the organization. Acknowledging the lack of fit earlier in the selection process rather than later will save you money and time, as well as avoid the costs associated with reduced productivity and employee morale, and unhappy customers.
Here are eleven actions you can take to provide candidates for hire and/or promotion with a realistic job preview:
Before the interview:
During the interview:
After the interview:
While no one likes to lose otherwise good job candidates, hiring or promoting someone who is a poor fit for the job and/or the organization does a disservice to everyone. Who would you rather have serving your customers: people who went into the job with realistic expectations or those who are disillusioned because their expectations were not met?
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