With a double degree in biology, it is a surprise that Jason Shen didn’t become a scientist or doctor. Instead, he has built a career in technology and product management. This follows a growing trend of people pursuing careers far removed from their initial studies. With this trend in mind, Jason contends that the hiring systems of the 20th century (which still flourish in the 21st century) are failing us. Great candidates and potential employees are regularly being overlooked.
Jason highlights 3 ideas for recruiting in the 21st century:
- Expand your search – Don’t stick to the tried and tested. The more you look in the same places, the more you’ll end up getting the same types of candidates.
- Hire for performance – Have candidates demonstrate their skills via work samples. Jason uses the example of looking for a data analyst. He suggests providing candidates with a data set and asking them for insights. And if you’re a candidate, don’t wait to be asked, seek out ways to showcase your skills and abilities.
- Get the bigger picture – You need the holistic view otherwise your view will be flawed. Focusing on one small section of a candidates profile could skew your perception of them. This results in their potential not being identified.
Ultimately, Jason urges us to stop equating experience with ability, credentials with competence. He suggests we stop settling for the safe and familiar choice. Step outside this way of thinking and reap the rewards that result.
Listen to Jason’s full 7 minute TED Talk below.
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