Buying a used car is NOT a good time. I repeat buying a used car is NOT a good time. Okay…I’m glad I got that off my chest.
This past weekend I had the absolute pleasure (sarcasm) of buying a used car and let me tell you, it made my head hurt… A LOT. But it got me thinking, “Boy, buying a used car is kind of like hiring a new employee”. I know what you’re thinking…this girl is hanging out around recruiters WAY too much. You may be right, but just hear me out on this one. If every employer and recruiter spent as much time hiring a new employee as I did searching for a new (used) car, we might end up making a lot less hiring mistakes.
After my old car was totaled in an accident (#RIPDoug), I was left in a real life “responsible adult” situation. I had to find a replacement car AND FAST. My first step was setting a budget for myself. In other words, I had to consider how many trips to Chipotle I was willing to sacrifice in order to be able to drive myself to Chipotle at a later date. Much like hiring a new employee, you must start by setting a budget for how much you are able to spend on them including salary, benefits, training, computer, phone etc.
Once I knew how much I wanted to spend, I moved on to searching for cars online that fell under my criteria. I felt like our sourcing team here at Kinetix searching the internets all day for viable candidates. When you are recruiting for a position, this can be the most important step. Finding candidates is not an easy process and you must take your time and put in the work (I made an Excel Spreadsheet plotting all of the cars I liked and their relative distance from my apartment…I am a nerd).
Once I found a few cars that I liked, I researched the heck out of them, checking their history and carfaxing it up. I’ve read so many Carfax reports that the Carfax fox is starting to haunt my dreams! For recruiters, this is the step where you read countless resumes and cover letters. Now I finally understand why that basic cover letter template is so hated. I’ll have to ask my recruiting co-workers if their dreams are haunted by basic cover letters.
After I had carfaxed pretty much all of the Toyota Corollas in the Greater Atlanta area, I made appointments to see the cars I liked, and to conduct a thorough test drive on them. The steering wheel on one car felt so loose I thought I was driving a go-kart for a second. Needless to say, I moved on real quick after that one. This step in recruiting is of course the in-person interview. Just like I could tell the wheel was too loose, they say you can usually tell within the first 5 minutes of the interview whether the candidate will be a good fit.
Finally, if I liked the car during the test drive, I went in to full on haggle mode (note to the reader: I am a terrible, awful haggler and should not be put in haggling situations any more, ever). Hopefully this step in the hiring process will be a bit easier than the car buying process and the employer and candidate can come to a solid agreement for salary and start date.
After a very poor showing of haggling, I bought the car and drove that bad boy home (and am going to name him Claude. Or Wayne? Clive? Thoughts?) Here is the step in the process where you bring on the employee for onboarding/training (and if you are as cool of a boss as I am a car owner, this step will include you coming up with a great office nickname for them).