‘Tick-box’ approach to recruitment is failing businesses- Rec Grapevine

'Tick-box' approach to recruitment is failing businesses

Companies are missing out on some great hires because of their ‘tick-box’ approach to recruitment, according to research from Robert Half.

The researchers found that almost two-thirds (62%) of companies prioritise experience and technical skills when recruiting, despite admitting that cultural fit and a candidate’s overall potential result in more successful hires. By comparison, soft skills (15%), cultural fit (11%), and potential (11%) ranked lowest in business leaders’ hiring considerations.

Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK, said that this approach is causing good candidates to be overlooked. “There is no doubt that if candidates have the right attitude and aptitude, coupled with the right training, they can be excellent appointments,” he said.

“In fact, what looks good on paper – such as experience or technical skills – does not guarantee a successful recruit. Soft skills must also be taken into account.

“Employers should strike the right balance between experience, skills and personality – only through planning can they evaluate gaps in a team, rank the required characteristics and tailor training accordingly.”

When asked what causes hires to fail, almost half (45%) of general managers cited procedural and managerial problems, including unclear job requirements (26%), lack of leadership/guidance (11%) and insufficient training (8%), as the main reasons for unsuccessful hires. Weston added,

“Leaders are clearly seeking a ‘safe pair of hands’ as they pursue growth and transformation strategies in a time of great change.”

“In doing so they may be losing out on some of the most promising talent. With 81% of business leaders reporting that it is more challenging now than five years ago to find suitable candidates, this is something that must change if they are to combat the intensifying war for talent.”