You are about to make an essential hire for your company. You have narrowed the talent pool down, and you have two qualified candidates. Through all the layers of interviews, there has been balanced feedback. You like them both and can see how they both could fit into your growth strategy. And now you must decide. What a great problem to have, yes?
I suggest that you hire them both. I know, you are going to say that you don’t have the budget or the time to hire and train both candidates. Here’s how I make the case for you hiring both your first and second choice candidates as an excellent business decision.
- In a growing organization, it may be advantageous to hire two candidates with complimentary (yet equivalent) skill sets to balance each other and create a stronger team. By doubling down and hiring both candidates, you can apply a strategic focus on your short-term goals.
- Hiring two candidates, as a pair, may boost your retention metrics because candidates who go through new hire orientation together and who work alongside each other will often have a sense of camaraderie and partnership. Even if the two end up ultimately supporting different teams, the bond they establish can have a positive effect on teams.
- With two new highly engaged people focused on one business goal, you will likely see increased productivity and gain quick momentum towards the desired goal.
- With this extra hire, you can create a backup candidate for a future opening that you may be anticipating. Specifically, if you currently have someone on your team that is underperforming, hiring both candidates may give you bench strength that will ensure your team has little down time if you experience turnover.
While it is essential that each hire feels valued within your organization, it may be advantageous to anticipate and hire ahead of your current needs. When possible, I encourage you to hire both and think holistically as to where they could move and grow into the organization. Work with your recruiter or executive hiring firm to review all options. When it comes to hiring, you’ll be one step ahead.