As strange as it may seem, the current crisis may be a great time to hire top talent. There are an unprecedented number of people looking for work. — and seemingly endless — uncertainty right now. While you may not be on a job search at this time, there are some things you can do to feel better about where you are and what you’re doing.
If your facility has the resources to hire, set up a task force to source potential candidates who may now be looking for work or open to a change. Ask your colleagues whether there are any vendors, advisors, clients, or previous job candidates that they’ve been keeping an eye on, then check in with those people to gauge their current job status. Interview and check references virtually with the same rigor you would in person. Once you’re convinced that you have the opportunity to bring in someone who’s a good fit, learn what motivates them. It’s not always pay — sometimes people are looking for a flexible arrangement or a high level of purpose or autonomy. Arrange to have your candidate speak to senior leaders who can share their vision for the organization and describe the value they hope to build with the new hire. Investing in talent now will help you lay the groundwork for future growth.
This tip came from HBR.org and is adapted from “Now Is an Unprecedented Opportunity to Hire Great Talent,” by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz.
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