Quality in Talent Selection: Finding the Perfect Fit

Despite contract talent (CT) comprising between 5-25% of an organization’s workforce, few approach CT search and selection with the same rigor as permanent talent. As CT fills increasingly important roles and functions, it is imperative that employers hold CT up to standards comparable to that of their permanent employees. Aerotek and the Human Capital Institute (HCI) examined how pre- and post-hire assessments, rigor in candidate selection, and quality of posthire evaluations differ between permanent staff and contract talent.  The research identified several differentiating aspects of “great” talent quality organizations:  standard operating procedures that go beyond a basic checklist of pre-assessment activities; allocating the time and resources to fully define positions including the skills, experience and education required; and considering the culture of the department and the fit of the potential employee.