When it comes to hiring highly specialized workers, are you facing challenges finding strong candidates for open positions? If so, you’re not alone. According to the “Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing Multiple Federal Agencies” report released by the Council of the Inspectors General, recruiting and retaining highly skilled staff is a key area of concern. Several agencies reported that they’ve faced difficulties finding and retaining people with the right skills, abilities and knowledge to fill vacant positions. One of the main reasons cited is competition from the private sector and the higher salaries they can often offer sought-after candidates.
It can certainly seem like highly skilled workers are in the driver’s seat these days. When it comes time for an interview, these candidates are interviewing YOU as well as you interviewing them. Just like you want to know about their experience and background, they want to know what it’s like to work for your department. Here are a few areas they may be interested in and you should be prepared to answer:
- Potential for growth: Highly skilled candidates want to know why they should change jobs and how making a change is going to benefit them, particularly in relation to the growth of their career.
- Department culture: Candidates want to know that they’re going to be a good fit for the overall culture of the department and their work team.
- Flexibility: In a post-COVID world, workers are more interested in ever in areas such as ability to work from home, work/life balance and other employee perks.
However, be careful not to oversell! Yes, it’s important to outline the perks, but it’s also essential for candidates to have an understanding of the challenges that may come with the position. This allows the candidate to make a fully informed decision and cuts down on the likelihood of high turnover.
In today’s competitive hiring market, it’s essential that agencies develop innovative strategies and take advantage of available employee incentives to attract and retain the highest level of talent. Leah M Joppy and Associates can work with you on ways to “sell” your open job opportunities, as well as outline and communicate the benefits of working for your department. Call us at 301-670-0051 or email email@example.com to learn more.