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Finding a job candidate who has all of the skills and experience you would like is difficult.
The reality is most candidates don’t have all the skills you listed on your job ad. But this doesn’t mean they are not qualified to do the job. In fact, being too rigid with your qualifications could cause you to overlook great candidates simply because they didn’t check all your boxes.
Too often, companies try to fit candidates into a specific candidate profile. You ask questions like: Can they use the computer programs we have? Do they have the right degree? Do they have the right number of years of experience? Do they have all the skills listed in the job description?
The truth is that some skills are more important than others. Candidates don’t need to have all the skills, just the most important ones.
A positive outlook, eagerness to succeed, and soft skills have never been more important. As they say, you can always teach new skills, but you can’t teach character and other intangibles.
Here are some of the most overlooked candidate skills:
IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.
Gary is a Partner and Practice Lead of one of Toronto's most respected team of IT recruiters. He has a strong background in building and managing teams, and specializes in contract and permanent placements within the IT space. With over 15 years of IT Sales and Recruitment experience, Gary is committed to customer service and has a genuine love for working with people and solving business problems.