This article is by Michelle Joseph, founder and owner of PeopleFoundry, which works with Chicago-based growth companies to find the best people businesses are looking for.
Interviewing is an excruciating experience. It’s like going on a first date; people are uncomfortable, a bit nervous, and most people say what they think the other person wants to hear. My advice is simple: Be yourself.
As the owner of a Chicago-based recruiting firm, PeopleFoundry, I address the needs of both employers and candidates everyday. I have worked on the agency side of recruitment as well as the corporate side, and I have felt the pains of hiring when sound practices are not implemented.
Time and time again, my experience has demonstrated that only when employers and job seekers are authentic, open, and honest that the best long-term hires happen.
If a career choice is made prematurely it harms both sides. Companies will lose countless dollars and valuable time when a bad hiring decision is made, not to mention the impact these circumstances have on morale within an organization. For the candidate, accepting a role that is not ultimately what they are looking for will hurt their chances of making a more strategic career move the next time around. These questionable short-term roles on a résumé communicate indecisiveness and throw up red flags to prospective employers.
Similarly, HR pros looking to grow their company will have the greatest hiring success when they lay out accurate expectations for the position and paint a realistic picture of the company’s culture. Involving hiring managers in the process will result in greater transparency, since no one knows the roles as well as they do.
When there are unknown aspects of a the role or company, as is frequently the case in the start-up community, there is no reason to pretend that you have all of the answers. Most people want to be able to make an impression and shape the future of how their organization is going to succeed.
The hiring process is frequently tiresome for businesses and almost universally angst-ridden for candidates. Full transparency from both sides will result in the highest success rate of hires, and ultimately, the healthy growth of a company.