Arguing over Applicants?

When the interviewing and hiring process involves multiple people then opinions will always vary and arguments can break out over which candidate is the best fit and why.

Now of course, you can disagree with your colleague/recruitment consultant/hiring manager, but the key is to disagree professionally in order to retain your relationship and credibility with them.

I’m sure you will all agree, it’s far too easy to be rather brave behind the safety of a keyboard (and possibly become a bit harsh)… BUT DON’T ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN!

Schedule a face-to-face with your team to discuss the issues at hand so that you can look out for body language and nonverbal cues, allowing you to better empathise and hopefully come to a mutual agreement on the candidates. You will need to prepare your side of the case, so remove your personal feelings and base it on hard facts and information. Be absolutely honest, is your candidate really the better fit for the role?

Sometimes there still might not be an agreement. If this happens then you need to trust the judgement of the hiring manager – or whoever will be working directly with the new hire – to know who would be the best fit within the team.

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress ~ Mahatma Gandhi


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