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Hiring the Right Person

September 17, 2019 Kim WolfCambridge, Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo

We had a unique opportunity for our SIG event in September for the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge/Guelph consortium.  We were joined by Gail Green and Susan Robb with Emergenetics from Milton, Ontario.  Gail presented our members with some relevant and applicable hiring tools that manufacturers can use when hiring for salaried or labour positions.  “Hiring the Right Person for the Right Job” is a skill that ultimately strengthens teams of employees, provides consistency to workplaces, and makes the hiring process more efficient and accurate.  How many times do we look at a resume believing the applicant is a perfect fit?  That the candidate and our company culture fit - yet after orientation, training, and time invested, that they are not the right fit?

Each member brought a job description from their company to this event, and evaluated the hiring criteria for motivators and aptitude.  Motivators refer to the skills and traits that would be most likely to result in success for a candidate.  For example, “Desire for Structure” is a trait that some companies may believe is a desirable quality in a team member, seeking people who strictly follow rules and procedures.  However, if you work in a creative environment, seeking people who like to think “out of the box” and can push boundaries may make them more successful.  Additionally aptitude tests sometimes have no real relevance to a particular role.  Evaluating which skills are truly critical to the role enables us to focus on candidates who are strong in the most critical behaviours.

Our members who attended this event left with an edited job description that they can use as a template to critically view the rest of their job postings.  As a result, members can formulate their interview questions to best understand what motivates the candidates in their jobs. 

These types of events are meant to give our members access to the best tools, resources, and benchmarking opportunities that manufacturers have available.  We certainly hope to see YOU at an upcoming SIG event.

Nemko staff participating in an EMC event September