In The Perfect Fit, Ed Grimshaw posits a more scientific approach aimed at managers, professional recruiters and even job candidates themselves.
Almost all of us have hired people and in so doing have achieved a wide variety of successes and failures. Some of those we helped choose will have gone on to dazzling careers while others will have been disappointments. How did we make selection decisions? On a cocktail of CV, references, word of mouth, interview and a large shot of hunch and instinct of course.
In The Perfect Fit, Ed Grimshaw posits a more scientific approach aimed at managers, professional recruiters and even job candidates themselves. Grimshaw is realistic enough to know that most of us are resolutely unscientific:
"In my experience, common responses amongst some recruiting managers as to why they should recruit and select a particular candidate include: ‘Well I just get a gut feel they seem to be right for the job', or ‘She seems to have what we need', or ‘We just think they could do a good job for us'.... Read Full Review
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NLP can help employers develop a balanced and thorough approach to recruitment with huge cost advantages.
As a form of applied psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) aims to narrow the gap between what we say and how we behave. From that perspective, the author argues, it also makes a useful recruitment tool, ensuring that candidates can be selected on aptitude, with their behaviour patterns and communication skills as the deciders.
According to Grimshaw, this technique can help employers develop a balanced and thorough approach to recruitment with huge cost advantages. These are mostly gained from avoiding the awkward expenses that come from hiring ill-suited personnel the typical result of having only a very short time to vet candidates during the interview process.
In addition, NLP enables managers to understand how members of staff work on their own and in teams, giving them insights into how they can make the most of their employees' talents and improve job satisfaction. Fresh and intriguing.
Accounting Technician Magazine, The Association Of Accounting Technicians
This book details the recruitment process thoroughly
When I was first required to recruit staff, I had to learn the ropes myself without external support. The author of this book costs recruiting at £20K a time. The cost of getting the wrong person can be very high.
This book details the recruitment process thoroughly. There are exercises to do (many based on NLP) that give important insites into why we are recruiting and who we want - for strategic fit with the company as well as filling a specific role. The book is well written, with a detailed summary at the end of each chapter for review.
There are probably much shorter books out there on the recruitment process, but if you are after achieving "The perfect fit", and prepared to put in the effort to improve your recruiting skills, I believe that this book will prove to be comprehensive and useful.
It can be difficult to determine if that right person is sitting across the desk from you unless you have the extensive knowledge and experience of Mr. Grimshaw. If you don’t have it now, you can get it. Read this book and glean the knowledge.
I started working when I was twelve years old. I have been working ever since — 45 years. What I want to know is where has this book been for those 45 years?
I am not an interviewer, nor have I ever been a manager, but the knowledge in these pages could have helped me a great deal in my job searches.
While I have known for a long time that companies, like countries, have a culture all their own, I did not know how to determine if I would fit into that culture.
I never asked the correct questions that would have led me to turn down those job offers for which I was unsuited, no matter how qualified I was, and jump at those jobs for which I might have lacked a few qualifications but for which my own personal culture would have meant I would have grown in knowledge and skill and been happy in the job.
Consequently, my personal work history has... Read Full Review
Sheryl Tongue, Owner, Stone Hill Graphics, Colorado, US
A practical means to a very important end!
Finding the right person for the job has to date largely been more a matter of chance than of good judgement.
But, in these challenging times, businesses that hope to survive and prosper need rely on much more than pure luck.
Ed Grimshaw's innovative book offers not just hope, but also the practical means to a very important end.
Writing from a position of in-depth practical experience, this manual demonstrates that the skill-sets required to guarantee a "perfect fit" are learnable, and once learned, take the guesswork out of successful recruitment and employment.
Garner Thomson, Author, Magic in Practice