How to Choose Between Two Great Candidates

It’s an enviable position to be in, yet you have a dilemma and cannot make up your mind. Take some time to think through the following to determine who the best addition will be. The plus side is, you know that no matter what your decision is, you’ll get a talented employee.

Hire for The Long-Term

While you are screening candidates for a position, it is important to think ahead. Could you see either of the candidates moving up in the organisation in the future? The candidate with the most potential to advance in their career within your company will be the more strategic hire. Not only will you be making a great pick for the current role, but you’ll be preparing a career plan for the years to come.

Hire for Eagerness

Think back over your interactions with both candidates throughout the process and try to determine how eager they each were to move on at each step of the way. Most of the time, the candidate who is the most excited about the opportunity will be the more successful in the long run. After all, isn’t it better to work with someone who really wants to be there?

Hire for Fit

While both candidates may seem equal on paper, cultural fit is much harder to discern from a resume. Take the time to define and describe your organisation’s culture. Chances are that one of the two candidates will be a better fit for the environment. The person you hire should share the values and ambitions of the company, this can be crucial to a successful hire.

Still not sure?

If all else fails, you can always make an old-fashioned pros and cons list. When in doubt, bring others into the process and ask them to rank the candidates based on the information you give them or during a second interview. Once you’re sure that you have a candidate who has the most potential for promotions, shows the most ambition to be a part of your team, and who is the most appropriate cultural fit, you’ll know you have the best candidate for the job.

You can also always count on Panda International to advise you on the qualification process and assist you with your decision. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

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