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Experts at Silicon Valley Tech City warn against employing misfits

Filed under: Recruitment General — Jonathan on November 25, 2011

At the Silicon Valley Comes To Tech City event recently a group of IT sector experts advised new businesses that they need to approach recruitment with a focus on compliance to avoid employing misfits.

The discussion group was led by the former MD of LinkedIn Kevin Eyres and included Shaukat Shamim the Buysight founder, the chief exec of Threadless, Thomas Ryan, the CEO at Do Something, Nancy Lublin and DJ Patil, the Data Scientist at Greylock.

All the experts were in agreement that employers need to look for candidates that are better than themselves in order to create a versatile and dynamic business. However Shamim went on to counsel that when recruiting companies must allow for a person’s weaknesses:

“You need to let people do what they are good at and live with what people are not good at.”

Businesses also need to ensure a new recruit will fit with the culture of the existing team. Ryan expanded on this further:

“You need to spend a lot of time hiring and referencing new joiners. Have drinks with them. Often people do reference calls and try to hear what they want to hear rather than look for problems.”

Lublin also advised that interviews don’t always gauge how well a person will perform for the company. Apprentice-style recruitment, encouraging candidates to work on business projects can give a real insight into how good a match a person is for the job.

Many IT sectors are crying out for well qualified staff. Risk management vacancies and IT security jobs are on the increase despite gloomy unemployment figures so having stringent recruitment processes in place to attract the cream of the crop is vital to business success.

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