Finding the Good Nut

I was watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this weekend with my kids — I love that movie and not just because I have a crush on Johnny Depp! It is a fun movie — just lighthearted enough to keep the kids interested with just enough “life lessons” to allow my kids to watch it over and over again.

One of the parts I love about this movie is the scene where the squirrels can identify a good nut from a bad one. I was struck by how nice it would be if we, as HR professionals, could simply knock someone on the head and, depending on what we hear, know whether they were a good fit or not.

But alas, we don’t have that luxury; we have to ascertain whether a candidate is a good fit based on the information we have at the time. And, as most decisions go, the result is only as good as the data leading up to it.

Herein lies the foundation for the upcoming pre-conference workshop for the ERE Expo in San Diego. Recruiting Beyond the Job Description is a pre-conference workshop designed to help you take the data you have about a job, combined with the commitment you have as professionals, and build a recruitment and selection process that greatly increases the chances for a good organization and job fit.

So many of us have become complacent when it comes to recruiting and filling our vacancies. Employee “churn” has become a part of our lives and we think nothing of it when a new employee leaves before the honeymoon period is over! I have even heard some recruiters claim this churn is “job security” for them! Egads!

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Recruiting Beyond the Job Description will help you understand that you don’t have to be limited by the inherent flaws of traditional job descriptions. During this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to extract “hidden data” about a job to identify what competencies you should be searching for and testing against to ensure the selected candidate is a great match.

I will walk you through a practical and effective job analysis process to identify both technical and behavioral competencies needed for success in the job. You are free to bring job descriptions you are currently working from or you can use the ones I provide. Either way, you will leave the workshop armed with knowledge and motivation to Recruit Beyond the Job Description and increase you chances of making a selection that will stick! It is certainly not as cute as trained squirrels, but I promise you the process is just as magical.

With expertise in recruitment and selection, training and development, job analysis and design, labor and employee relations, and investigations/risk assessment, Heather Kinzie, SPHR, GPHR, provides business leaders, HR professionals and management staff practical, relevant, and valuable HR consultation. Heather offers a variety of engaging facilitation services to include workforce planning, strategic planning, team-building, and process analysis and redesign. Her training courses include topics to enhance Leadership, Supervision, Communications, Productivity, Customer Service, and Cultural Awareness and Diversity. Website LinkedIn Twitter: @leadingsolution


2 Comments on “Finding the Good Nut

  1. Thanks, Heather. As one of (if not the only) recruiter who said that churn is good for recruiters’ job security, I would like to make a modification:
    There is one type of retention that is good for recruiters- their own.



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