Wow, we finally made it to the final stage: Engagement. Everything leading to this moment has been a journey to see if we can offer full commitment and make the employment relationship permanent. Oh, the excitement in knowing that we have found an employment match comprised of chemistry, trust, and commitment!
I personally think this is the toughest stage of all five. At this stage, everything is focused around chemistry and the beginning of REAL commitment in a job. Everyone is starting to let their guard down and we are really getting to know each other. The tensions of the new relationship fade away and true personalities are emerging. This is typically the stage right before we convert a temporary employee to permanent. In this stage, several different layers of chemistry are determined.
So onto Stage 3, Exclusivity. You’ve successfully completed Stage 2 and everyone has decided to stop considering other options on the market. Employees are taking their resume down from the job boards and employers are canceling the company job advertisement. Something someone did or said was right and now we are EXCLUSIVE!
Hi again! We are moving on to Stage Two now, Uncertainty. At this point in the discussion, employers have posted their opening, interviewed and made the hire. Now what? In relationships this stage is seen as when we aren’t sure if this person is the “right one”. In my world of recruiting, this is what is best known as the temporary probation period. The candidate has charmed us, won us over and passed the 1st stage of interviewing. (For those of you, who missed my first few posts, feel free to look at past blogs and get caught up to speed on the 1st Stage we explored).
Stage 1 continued (Attraction), the Job Interview: So in my last blog we talked about the initial start of attraction and the first impression one gives off. Aside from how we present ourselves, we also go through a question and answer phase of getting to know someone. From a high level view, the attraction is there, but we need to get to know someone past what’s on their resume. Are they really who they say they are? Or, did they “beef up” their profile and use someone else’s picture? Are their intellect, hobbies, quirks, way of thinking, etc. attractive? Essentially, “job interviews are like first dates. Good impressions count. Awkwardness can occur. Outcomes are unpredictable”.
The idea of beginning a new journey to find your perfect match is always scary, intimidating, but surprisingly exciting. In the beginning, a woman tends to look for a man with whom she can find a secure and loving relationship. A man is asking himself, “What is she going to wear?”, “How will this date end?” AND “Do I want to see her again?” Does this sound familiar Hiring Managers? In this example, the woman is the potential hire and the man is the potential employer.
Blogging….a scary “to do” for me, but yet there is so much value in doing it. I have seen so many things in the Recruiting industry since I became a part of it – oh the stories I can tell you! What better way to share these stories and useful tidbits making the perfect professional match, then Blogging. That word again. I am going to conquer my fear and tackle this blogging thing. I encourage any and all to support me in this endeavor. I have a feeling we will all learn something along the way! So to start this out, I have decided to talk about something that has long been an idea I have toyed with. The entire interview process, on both sides of the fence, is essentially just like dating in the real world. So, over the next few weeks, get stoked. I am going to share how I think the “5 Stages of Dating” relate to the Recruiting/Hiring world. Stay tuned to hear the first stage we will explore…..