Fit on the job is a glove of a certain size and style. How well does the hand fit and look with that glove on? The glove is designed for a certain task - but does the individual fit the task that the glove is designed for?
.... whatever we want to call it, think about the ideal job and you are the ideal candidate. Start with yourself, your passion and dream opportunity, you went to school for the best training and now you are here at your first or a new starting gate. Regardless whether a company is trying to fit from an internal or external pool of candidates the approach should be the same. The approach is a by-product of the organizational culture.
A client of mine expressed it this way as we started setting up benchmarks for his company. “The Right Person, in the Right Position, doing the Right Things, getting the Right Results”
This is what this CEO saw as a great fit.
As hard as I’ve worked on this concept for many years when incorporating Succession By Design - perfection in “Job Fit” is hard to come by. Good fits are greatly enhanced, however, by a well- designed On Boarding Process.
One of my clients designed an On Deck System following one of our strategic processing sessions on succession and bench strength. Each candidate that made it through a rigorous pre-screening and interviewing process, then completed a Talent Assessment, and then the final step was a group of SME’s who determined who would be the Best Fit.
They were invited to go through On Deck Three (this is third iteration of this program for this company, making it better each year). The On Deck program is a combination of working in the job, coaching and mentoring. The expectation is to help people be as successful as possible. It also gives the client company an opportunity to screen out any who may not make it to the next level by not being a good fit.
The more the company invests in the individual the greater the results and the bottom-line is favorably impacted. Everyone comes out a winner.
- John Oakes
Owner, SBL Co Management Consulting, Inc.