“Some of the best candidates are not the most obvious hires because they’re hidden in plain sight.”
This is what Shally Steckerl from The Sourcing Institute shared when we asked him why some of the best candidates in your talent pool are often not the most obvious hires. His response takes a minute to digest.
What does “hidden in plain sight” really mean?
For most hiring experts, it means taking a step back and getting out of your own way. While the “perfect” candidates traditionally have the right amount of experience and skills, they may not be the best fit overall. Instead, hiring pros should fill their talent pool with people who fit into their tribe, as Steckerl puts it.
Go out and recruit the way you network in your personal life — find people you like. Look beyond the obvious job description skills and dig deeper into soft skills, future potential, and cultural fit. That is when you’ll start filling your talent pool with candidates worthy of your tribe.