Have you ever found yourself stuck in the past? Are you filled with regret about what you have or have not done with your life? Many of us have pasts that are full of pain and negative circumstances. It is easy to let our past define us and we can become discouraged. What if you could let go of the past and look forward to a bright future?
Often, when asked what a bright future looks like many people are unable to figure it out on their own. They say things like, “I don’t know,” “I’m not sure,” or “It all seems overwhelming or confusing.” This is true during the hiring process as well. When you ask a candidate what do you want in your future it can be difficult for them to describe.
There are several exercises you can use throughout the hiring process (and during your life) that can be helpful. The first exercise is to identify the top five outcomes they want in their lives – what are the five most important things they want to happen to be able to say it has been an amazing journey.
After they complete the list (with a little prompting), you can ask them how much of their daily life is currently spent contributing to their top five outcomes. More importantly, you can help them assess how can the job you have available can help them (or not) achieve their top five outcomes.
Another exercise that can be helpful is to have a candidate identify what is important to them in five categories: relationships, personal growth, financial growth, career and other. You start with the question,”If you were sitting here 5 years from now what has to happen for you to say you have accomplished all that you want in terms of your relationships?” You ask this question for each of the five categories and before you know it the candidate has a five year plan in five key categories.
You might ask, how is this helpful during the hiring process? Once they have completed the five year plan, you can conduct a gap analysis to review how your job is the solution for them to achieve their five year plan. The great news if it is not going to help them achieve their plan then it is probably not the right fit for you or them.
Regardless of which exercise you use, you will help your candidate discover what is important to them and identify why your job is the best fit for both of you. This process also establishes the company culture and forms the foundation for a consultative relationship from the start.
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