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Successful hiring is not just about filling a need today. It’s about building an organic team that grows and adapts with changing circumstances for tomorrow’s long-term success. Hiring top talent ensures that your organization is well positioned when it comes to meeting your mission and sharing the same visions for attaining long-term profitability. That’s why it’s important to have a systematic and consistent hiring process in place.

But how is this accomplished? How do you know that the hire you are making today has your same visions for the future? How do you align your goals to ensure that this candidate is not only someone who can succeed today, but can also contribute to your company in perhaps many positions over a long period of time?

Achieve long-term success

Cultural fit may be a good place to start. A 2012 poll conducted by CareerBuilder, reports that 67 percent of employees were considered bad hires due to their ability to produce proper quality work (lack of competency and job fit), while 60 percent did not work well with other employees (lack cultural fit). This data clearly demonstrates the importance of hiring based on job fit and culture fit at the same time. Job fit refers to the degree the person hired can perform the responsibilities that the position requires, while culture is how well an individual is compatible with the core values and norms of the organization.

The recruitment and selection process is slowly gravitating towards hiring based on core values (cultural fit) rather than technical competencies. So, while the employee may have the skills to do the job, he or she should also have key personality traits or characteristics that align well with your organization.

Hiring for long-term career potential is vital to the health of a company. Hiring managers want and need employees who will develop and grow with their organizations over time. Pre-employment assessments can help. They can act as an early stage filter and screening tool to help you quickly identify high-potential talent from a large candidate base.

So, don’t accept mediocre hiring results anymore. Hire for the future and make sure that you employ people who are flexible and who can meet the changing needs of your business over time. If you start with a hiring process that is consistent and systematic from the get-go, you are likely to finish with a bang. Your company will thank you in the long run.

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