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What Candidates Are Looking for in Their Future Employer, with Heenle Turner

Recently on the Human Capital Innovations Podcast, Heenle Turner, HR professional and Vice President of the consulting company All In, had a conversation with Jonathan Westover to discuss how companies can cultivate the best candidates for job openings.

“We all want a players, we all want five star employees. But it's a challenge right now to attract and then it's even more of a challenge to retain them and keep them around and engaged and really highly productive within our teams and within our workforce”. One of the best first steps to take is to “... be very specific in the details of your job posting and be clear about what it is you're looking for in your candidates and what expectations you have for them”. You need to share “... what your core values are and what your expectations are with your hires and with your candidates [to make] sure that we’re a right fit, like, not only for the skill set, but for the mindset as well.” Not doing this almost always results “... with a mismatch unless we just get super lucky”.

Another important aspect to developing job descriptions to find desired candidates is “... to be thoughtful about required versus desired qualifications. We artificially eliminate a huge number of potential people in the candidate pool depending on how we articulate that.” “If something is actually really required, by all means put that down. But if it's not actually required, don't list it.”

There are two main points that you want to avoid when developing a job listing. “You either have this generic posting that doesn't actually fit the current needs, and then you have people that go to the other extreme where it's so detailed, where they have so many requirements, that you're like, what person actually fits this?” You want a happy medium with telling your candidates what is expected of them while still allowing room for growth and creating a variety of options so you can choose the best option for the job. "So keep your distinction there and think about the type of person that you need in the role in terms of where their strengths are and that should be the work that they're doing."

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Read the full interview transcript below: