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June 6, 2017

Why Hiring Managers Should be Mimicking Football Scouting Methods

No matter if you're a football fan or not, there is something to be learned from the intricacies of the game.  I am by no means a dedicated football fan but as I have grown older I have developed a greater admiration for the grey haired men standing on the sidelines dictating how the team plays the game. 

Football manager
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However you may have come to understand the manager’s role and how they contribute towards the team, it is evident that without their keen eye and their ability to attract the finest talent around the globe, the success of the team would be less than promising.

I have been in recruitment for the past 3 years and it’s been an eventful journey, full of lessons. Subsequently, the similarities between the sport I love and recruitment have become increasingly more apparent to me.

When working with our clients and hiring managers I see my role as that of a talent scout working with a manager (hiring managers). My job is to understand the plans hiring managers have for their team and the calibre of stars they wish to attract to enhance the success of their team. Additionally, I need to know the type of person they feel would develop the team's strength and the role they would perform in assisting the hiring managers in achieving success.

I then begin the search across the world to find the cream of the crop. Once I have accomplished this I then report back to the hiring managers and showcase the top 3-5 stars in the market who are open to signing with their team.

Now this is where I wish to offer life-changing advice to all the hiring managers out there:

It is imperative to note that when a football manager meets with the finest talent whom his trusty scout has supplied, he first reviews the contenders past games and how well they managed to adapt to their previous teams (We can liken this to the previous jobs candidates have worked in and how well they have performed). Most importantly he will take these players to meet the current team or perhaps show them the extraordinary grounds where they could play, or may even try to woo them with a feast at an elite restaurant.

I am not suggesting that hiring managers take all of their potential candidates for dinner by any means, but I have found that all too often hiring managers forget that an interview is not just a one-way street. It is a two-way process and the top candidates in the market will also be sizing up the calibre of the team and the particulars of the career opportunity on offer.

Over the years I have seen too many hiring managers lose out on top-class talent due to their neglect to showcase the entirety of a career opportunity to the candidate. This has not always been the case but I would like to urge those in the hiring position to not solely rely on the laurels of a strong brand name to entice the top class talent out there.

I hope that this piece of advice will assist you in attracting and hiring the Ronaldo's of this world. On the flip side If you are the next Ronaldo of the technology world and are considering a move to the Middle East then please feel free to reach out to me- Dale McKerrell. 


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