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Choosing the Right Candidate for Your Credit Union Team
Friday, May 16, 2014 6:45 AM

Hiring the wrong person can have negative effects throughout an organization. Outside the creation of a void in job responsibilities, it can stretch the remaining employees to their max, curtail productivity, and be very costly. So what can you do to make sure you have the best fit?

Know Your Culture - It may seem simple, but it helps to know the culture of your company or department. If you understand it and can share that effectively with the candidate, you will be able to get the “buy-in” from the candidate and have a new employee who will mesh well from day one.

Use Assessments - Everyone would like to rely on his or her gut feeling for hiring new employees, but it doesn’t hurt to have something tangible to back that up. Use personality assessments to get a better understanding of the way a candidate may think or feel. If you are able to help build a profile for the position, you can better match candidates to the best fit.

Know the Job - Take a look at the job description for the position for which you’re hiring and make sure it is updated and accurate. Organizations are always evolving, so it stands that positions within them will continue to change. Look at the job description and make sure it shows the most important things this new employee will be responsible for on a daily basis.

Be Flexible - You should never paint yourself into a corner on strong requirements for a position. Flexibility on some issues may be very beneficial. You may certainly want a college degree, but would it be worthwhile to pass on a candidate with 10 years of experience in the field who has the right attitude because of the preference for a degree?

Take your Time - It may not feel like it initially, but it is okay to take your time. If you are hoping your next employee will be with you for several years, taking a little longer to find the right person may be a good idea. You do not want to settle for someone just to have the spot filled.

Once you’ve taken all of the above mentioned into consideration, identifying the best candidate for your organization should be a much simpler task.

If you are a candidate looking for a career in the credit union industry or a credit union looking for staffing help, please contact Credit Union Resources Employment & Staffing and we can certainly help you out. You can also contact Carmela McDermott or Chris Thomas directly.