Posted by: Adam Malanaphy, Project Coordinator at Glenmont Group
One of the most important aspects of recruiting that I have learned at the Glenmont Group is the importance of simply reaching out to as many candidates as possible and presenting them with some variation of the following question, would you consider pursuing another organization at this point in your career? The three most common answers to this question are; yes I would, no I would not, and maybe. Now, as the first two responses are quite easy to interpret, the third response can be especially tricky.
Whenever I am engaged in a dialogue exchange with a candidate whom I feel would be a strong candidate for a given opportunity and they tell me they are in the “maybe” stage of considering opportunities, I feel compelled to try and get to the root of their thinking. The fact is that if one is in the “maybe” stage of considering a new opportunity, it is because they are unhappy with some aspect of their current position. Furthermore, one would expect that it is a good time to (at the very least) start tuning in to relevant opportunities within the space. However, many candidates at this point in their career are far less open to even hearing about opportunities than you may have predicted.
The reason that candidates in the “maybe” category find themselves in that position is that they recognize the fact that something is wrong, but have become too comfortable in their current position to seriously consider making a change. This will often yield a situation in which no party wins. The employee is unhappy at work, and in turn, not performing at their best. The employer suffers from subpar performance and morale takes a hit as disgruntled employees are present in their work environment. I know that change can be very uncomfortable, but sometimes to achieve a better quality of life – one must strongly consider making a change.