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hiring&managing

Is Your Hiring Filter in The Way?
A. Bruce Clarke, JD

Are Your Screening Out or In?

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here is a "war for talent" in hard to fill roles. Some
are technology jobs but many more require manual
skills. Effective leaders, creatives, innovators,
teachers, implementers, all the trades and truck
drivers are in great demand. Niche manufacturers need people
who can learn, adapt, come to work on time and stay focused
on quality.
Employers make a tough situation worse by applying
unnecessary filters to the hiring process. When supply is tight,
is it more important to narrow a large pool of unqualified web
resumes or to find good applicants others have bypassed?
Hiring filters have value in the right situations, but are often
overused to the point they keep good people away from hardto-fill jobs.

Degrees
A requirement for specific degrees might correlate with job
success. If so, use the degree as a filter. Too often, a degree
is not predictive of ability or results. Think about a general
college degree requirement. Variability in academic rigor and
student passion makes this filter a very weak one indeed.
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"It is more important to hire people with the right
qualities than with the right experience."
BILL MARRIOTT

because they did not fit the college mold? You will never know
if they are filtered out.

Non-Traditional Backgrounds
Everybody knows you must have an experienced HR person to
lead HR in a mid-sized company, right? What about a CPA to
lead finance or an experienced buyer to head purchasing? How
about an IT person to lead IT projects or develop technology
strategies? Very successful people often come from nontraditional roles well outside the experience filters many of us
use. Success comes from the right mixture of experience and
ability. Arbitrary years-based filters may exclude the best fit
for your company.

Disqualifiers

Make sure that automatic disqualifiers you use truly deserve
their status. For example, criminal backgrounds, credit scores,
job references ("Would you rehire this applicant?"), short
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employment histories, whatever the last bad hire brought to
the table and assumptions about age/gender/
long term unemployment. Might a criminal
record be a good reason to screen out an
applicant? Of course. Might an applicant with
in-demand skills be a good hire if you learned
more about the crime? Yes.
Applicants who find these filters are
preventing interviews should consider
tackling the problem head-on. If you have a
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troublesome filter up front and explain why
you are a great hire for other reasons.
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It takes more time to hire with fewer
FACVB Director of Sales
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Success By Association - March/April 2017

President’s Message
Event Calendar
Change, One Person at a Time
What I Learned as an Employment Attorney: Non-Legal Advice to Get You Out of Legal Hot Water
Is Your Hiring Filter in the Way?
Freedom Comes From Rules
Cost/Benefit of an Organization Retreat
Polish Up Your Confict-of-Interest Policy
Legislative Reception a Success!
Getting the Leadership Basics Right
Member Updates
Should They Stay or Should They Go? (With Apologies to the Clash)
Young Leader Profile
Advertiser Index
Buyers’ Guide
Advertiser Showcase
Executive Director’s Message
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - cover1
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - cover2
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 3
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - President’s Message
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Event Calendar
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 6
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Change, One Person at a Time
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - What I Learned as an Employment Attorney: Non-Legal Advice to Get You Out of Legal Hot Water
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 9
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Is Your Hiring Filter in the Way?
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Freedom Comes From Rules
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Cost/Benefit of an Organization Retreat
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 13
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Polish Up Your Confict-of-Interest Policy
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 15
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Legislative Reception a Success!
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 17
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 18
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 19
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Getting the Leadership Basics Right
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 21
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Member Updates
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 23
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Should They Stay or Should They Go? (With Apologies to the Clash)
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 25
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Young Leader Profile
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Advertiser Index
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Buyers’ Guide
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Advertiser Showcase
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
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