If it was easy, it wouldn’t be an issue for so many companies.
First of all, let me start by apologizing and admitting that in the following lines, I have not identified or conveyed the magic answer to this obviously prevalent issue.
Besides, there are lots of resources out there and experience in and out of your organizations that are experts in recruiting.
So what does it mean to “Find the Very Best”? In my mind the Very Best People are those individuals who can contribute both individually and as part of the overall organization, ultimately to achieve the goals set out in the company’s strategic Goals. Clearly there are many complex and difficult tasks and decisions required to get to the point of deciding what talents and characteristics you need in your organization to achieve these goals. And here, let me also include in this the individuals /companies outside your 4 walls that support your strategies; ie: Banks, Lawyers, Accountants, Suppliers, etc., etc.. You may even have outside help in the whole recruiting process.
Not all companies have the resources to conduct a 5-year search such as GE just completed to find the best replacement for their retiring CEO Jeff Immelt. To see the approach taken, check out the LinkedIn link to Susan Peter’s, Senior VP of Human Resources at GE, article. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ges-next-great-ceo-susan-peters. See how John Flannery was chosen.
Fortunately for most positions that companies recruit for, this level of effort is not required, but still with ever advancement or new hire companies still need to use the many options and tools that are available to find, select and hire the Best individuals that will fit into their company culture and be able to carry out the tasks necessary to achieve their specific goals and be able to support the overall goals of the company.
Having been fortunate to be able to attend many Senior Manager’s EMC SIG’s, and listening to the attendees, it is obvious that there are many different approaches that companies take, some more successful than other.
Since this topic has had good coverage at EMC events, I won’t delve any deeper on internal recruiting but instead shift over to how companies go about firstly identifying the need for outside help and then once the need is defined, then onto finding the Best resource.
Although the process is probably similar when looking for varied outside services, I would like to expand a bit more on searching for a Provider for assisting in accessing Government Funding. (SR&ED/Grants) Surprise surprise!!
You may have different thoughts, but to me, the reason for even looking at external help, falls into 3 categories. First, is the need for the expertise that you may not have in-house, second, is the additional time and effort that may not be available if all your staff are already overloaded, and third, to have the external direction and discipline that drives the specific initiative to successful completion in the most effective and efficient manner.
When looking for a Consultant to help with SR&ED/Grants you may just want the experts to review what you are submitting or the more common approach is to find a firm that will partner with your organization and will work with your key individuals to ensure all possible funding is expertly applied for. You want the best fit for your needs and a company that will go the extra mile to achieve the best results.
Through all the rambling, what I am suggesting is that careful selection in hiring outside help is as important as hiring for internal positions and that its worthwhile doing comparisons to be sure you are getting the best value.
We have had members tell us that their consultant only shows up at filing time, that they were left hanging for an audit, their consultant only submits what they themselves identify as eligible, they spent resources only to have the claim rejected, they do all the work and end up paying the consultant, etc.
These are not signs of having hired the Best.
Bottom line, if you already are using a consultant, perfect, but it may be wise just to make sure you are getting the Best Value.
If you are looking for a consultant, ask your peers for suggestions, make sure you are clear on your expectations, and take the time to do some comparisons.
As you probably know, we have been recommending Northbridge Consultants to our members for 10 years and continue to do so, so if you are looking for a place to start searching or want to compare the value you are receiving, let us know, and we will be happy to connect you with the best person at Northbridge Consultants.