Hiring Wisdom: Unconsciously, We’re Recruiting the Wrong Kind of People

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New recruiting message: “If you are unhappy or unemployed, don’t bother to apply”

I don’t think anyone would seriously think about running an ad with the headline above, but that is the “ad” most of are unconsciously running, no matter how the headline or the body copy actually read.

In spite of this, most recruiting ads are placed where the unhappy and unemployed look.

That’s not to say that there are not some great potential employees in both these categories, but the pool I want to fish in is the one comprised of people who are employed and not looking for a new job — but who would be interested if a great job came looking for them.

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I want to recruit people who are happy with their present job (this is the really tough group to get) as well as the great employees who have a legitimate reason to be frustrated with their current position or employer.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


9 Comments on “Hiring Wisdom: Unconsciously, We’re Recruiting the Wrong Kind of People

  1. That’s it?? No helpful hints as to find and attract those people? Sorry, but this article seem more like a “comment” to another post than a worthwhile article on it’s own.

  2. This article was merely an observation and provided no meaningful tips as where to find these ideal candidates. For an article that is offering “hiring wisdom” it offered the reader very little.

  3. I’d rather see fewer (yet deeper) TLNT articles than this type of daily “filler” that adds zero value. Do we really need more examples of people with unfounded biased thinking that those that are “happily employed” are superior to those that aren’t? Not only is that the opposite of “hiring wisdom” but it is foolish to believe such a person could be so easily lured away in our ultra unstable economic environment of the past several years.

  4. Hmmm … so we’re back to being biased against the unemployed? I thought we’d made some headway there.

    And by the way, I’ve met some folks who were as “happy” in their jobs as a pig rolling in mud, but that sure as heck didn’t make them productive employees.

  5. Here we go again. This article easily supports the notion that the hiring process is flawed by people who are looking for easier, but not necessarily better, by using technology to make the first cut of applicants based on rigid and “old think” skills required skills, attitudes, values, work ethics in a non-discriminatory environment/culture. The best technical person may not be the best fit. I have read, much too often, that the best person usually does not get the job because of narrow, biased, preconceived, generalized notions about a group of people who may offer your company the wisdom and even loyalty at a time when the world of HR is concerned about engagement and happy employees. Just hire a competent unemployed person and give them the opportunity to succeed. You will change that person’s life and may even hire the BEST employee who may be able to motivate all around him/her because they appreciate every opportunity.

  6. I have to agree with some of the comments here. If you want loyal & happy employee’s, then hire those that have the aptitude & attitude for those qualities. Teach them what they don’t know and they will be yours forever.

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