If you have been anywhere near social media, the Internet or the news, you’ve probably heard about the #Pokemon Go app. It’s an addicting little game of a cartoon and game from the 2000’s and it is coming back in a huge way. It’s interactive reality gets people out-and-about searching for imaginary critters in our everyday, ordinary world. Pure genius.
It has become an overnight phenomenon and it fascinates me how addicted we become so quickly to the next big thing. What I find even more interesting are the similarities between the app that is sweeping the nation and recruiting.
Yes, recruiting. Here are some ways that Pokemon Go can teach us about hiring.
Fads come and go. With inconsistent hiring practices come inconsistent hiring decisions. When you’re chasing down the latest fad in recruiting, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Change can be exciting, but with good, solid hiring practices and procedures in place, you won’t have to worry about keeping up. Finding what works for your company should be the number one focus. Just like any other fad, this game shall pass.
Hype is important. It wouldn’t be a fad without people making a big deal about it. I wouldn’t have downloaded the app and started playing if I didn’t hear about how much fun others were having. The same is true for your company: if you’re not excited about the opportunity to hire, why would anyone else? Candidates pay attention to how you describe the company, the business and others. You will lose good applicants if you don’t get excited about this new chapter.
Sometimes you have to go out & seek what you want. You can’t catch a Picachu without seeking it out. Translation: You have to go out and find people. There are applicants that you cannot reach from the comfort of your PC. Sometimes you have be more creative and network with others to find the right employees. They won’t usually seek you out on a big job board because you are one of thousands of employers posting available positions. This is especially true if you’re a small business. There are a lot out there, so you have to stand out from the crowd.
Hiring the right person can take time. Don’t rush the process because you are impatient. Work is going to pile up, things will have to be re-prioritized, and you will still have to hire someone. These are just the facts when you need to add to your team. No position is so important that you have to rush through the #recruiting, hiring and onboarding process. In the grand scheme of things, a few more days (or even weeks in some cases) does not compare to the pain of turnover because you hired for right now and not the right person. Telling the wrong person “I choose YOU” can cost you in the long run. Patience is a virtue in hiring and in Pokemon.
The next time you’re chasing down squirtles or at a Pokestop, you could be lead to an area that has your next employee. Or you could level up. Either way, you win.
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