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Assessing job candidates beyond the technical skills

The goal of effective hiring is to maximize the return from your organization's human-capital investment and minimize the corresponding financial risks. And as a hiring manager, your task is to assess the potential of job candidates accordingly--in an astute, consistent, legal, fair, and humane manner. Of course, your first task is to determine how closely their technical (or “hard") skills relate to the technical requirements of the specific position you’re trying to fill. But the purpose of this article is to go beyond this initial assessment to discuss the more subtle aspects of candidate assessment and how to go about them.

By PrintLink
Published: August 28, 2009


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PrintLink’s articles explain the nuts and bolts of maximizing your human capital resources.  Should you wish to receive a PDF file of this article, please contact vgaitskell@printlink.com.  Or you can find past PrintLink articles in our recently published e-book, titled HR Bible for the Printing Industry: a how-to guide for profitable hiring. It is available by clicking on the following link to the WhatTheyThink Book Store: https://store.whattheythink.com/operations-management/hr-bible-for-the-printing-industry

PrintLink is North America's foremost personnel agency for the printing industry. Our managers offer discreet, confidential placement for all permanent positions in printing, publishing, packaging and document management. Our objective is to make introductions resulting in productive long-term employer/employee relationships.

We accomplish this goal by serving as a bridge between employers and job-seekers. Our industry-savvy managers provide a high standard of professionalism, and personal attention to both sides while helping them achieve the best and most mutually rewarding matches possible. We have earned a reputation for consistent, successful results. Employers who partner with us lessen the burden and increase the effectiveness of their hiring process.

PrintLink built its trustworthy reputation by following a strong professional ethic. We are NOT headhunters and never try to recruit candidates away from their employers. Candidates come to us. Most want to explore new opportunities discreetly because they are actively employed—a situation that gives you comfort and value in accessing hard-to-reach, motivated employees.



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