When it comes to hiring, our company...

Christina Lewellen
August 8, 2007
THE TALK...
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Survey Results for 08/08/2007:

When it comes to hiring, our company...

...has HR guidelines for hiring, but looks at each individual and position on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

50%

 

...is willing to give less-than-ideal candidates a shot to prove themselves.

 

 

43%

 

...is by-the-books. We stick to stringent policies to get the ideal candidate on the roster.

 

 

7%

 

 Last week, I referenced a story about a gentleman named Jim Felton, an owner and operator of home improvement companies in the Southeast. He has an interesting approach to hiring. As a former addict himself, he opens the door for employees who are recovering addicts. And while he’s taking an HR risk, it usually pays off with productive additions to his workforce.

Looking at feedback from the poll, about 93 percent of the industry is willing to allow for a little wiggle room when it comes to hiring policies. Nearly 50 percent said their companies have HR guidelines for hiring, but managers evaluate each individual and position on a case-by-case basis. Another 43 percent said they are willing to give less-than-ideal candidates a shot to prove themselves. Only 7 percent said they stick to by-the-books hiring policies, finding success in waiting for the ideal candidate to walk through the door.

I didn’t get too much individual feedback on this topic, but I’ll let the percentages speak for themselves. As an industry that could use a second chance every once in a while for a blemished product or less-than-ideal install, we’re still willing to offer potential employees a second chance in their personal lives as well.

To keep the conversation rolling, email me.

Contact Christina Lewellen, senior editor, at clewellen@glass.org.

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