Posted by Geoff Zodda, Managing Director at Glenmont Group
Nike Lunar Safari, Ranson X Adidas Strata FTD, Nike Air Flight 89, Rebook Zigs, Lebron 9’s and of course the coveted Nike Air Jordan Collection. What do all of these sneakers have in common? A sizeable amount of the population that wears sneakers will be sporting these when spring arrives. A big reason is the flashiness, style and aesthetics which have grown popular amongst the masses.
Same could be said for those cream of the crop IT candidates, who have the perfect industry certifications, longevity in their current position, large organization experience and exposure to the newest and greatest technologies. Their resume is exactly what the client is looking for and these candidates tend to receive the lion’s share of interviews with major law firms and software organizations.
Keds, Chuck Taylor Converse, New Balance. These are sneakers that most individuals won’t run out to their local shopping establishment to grab off the rack before they are sold out. They are overlooked, but are comfortable, work just as well as any other sneaker (depending upon the purpose) and are durable.+
This parallels to candidates who may have flaws in their resume or skill sets. Whether it’s their tendency to jump from position to position, working at a smaller venue, or that they just don’t have the type of background that pops out to hiring authorities as “you need to interview me ASAP”.
In this day in age, there are exceptional contenders that we run into who are the latter type of candidate. They have some missing pieces in their resume, but could be a really good fit for any organization – big or small. Given the opportunity to interview and explain any flaws in their background, they can really impress. It is just a matter of the interviewing team not looking at the candidate as having a strike on their record. In a world with new Nike Lunar Safari’s and Lebron 9’s, and even more Keds and Chuck Taylor’s, those organizations that take a strong look at the imperfect individuals will be pleasantly surprised with the type of sneaker they end up wearing.