Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Best Person for the Job?

A new teacher will be hired at my school soon, and I am wondering if there is a "best person" for every job.

Probably not, but there are definitely people whose skills, attitude, and experience match a job better than others.

Several years ago I was asked to do a job, a job that was not a match for my skills or abilities.  I could have taken the job and earned a few extra dollars, but the effort to do the job well would have taken away from the areas I've prioritized for growth and skill.  Hence, I didn't take the job, and the person who did was well suited for the job's requirements.

Organizations grow with strength when people are well chosen for a job by demonstrating the skills, attitude, investment, and experience that match the job description well. Everyone suffers when a person is chosen for a job for the wrong reasons, and when that person does not have what it takes to do that job well.

Hence, it's important that individuals accept jobs that they are well suited for, and similarly important that organizations choose individuals who have what it takes to do the job well.

When one accepts a new job or is chosen for a new position, he/she will always have room for growth--no new (or veteran) employee will be the perfect fit as with all good work and effort there is always room for growth.

Hiring, when done well, is not a simple matter.  Typically, every candidate brought to the interview table demonstrates strong skills, intent, and abilities.  Also, no matter how terrific a candidate is, leaders look to match candidates to the current context and future need.  Budgets are considered too.

Soon, I'll play a small role on an interview committee.  I'm keenly aware of the candidates' solid resumes and strengths in this time of competition when it comes to elementary school teaching jobs.  I know that even though all candidates won't be chosen for this position, it's likely that the candidates not chosen will be recommended and interviewed for future jobs in our system and others.

There is never a "best" person for the job, but one person is chosen--a person who appears to fit the context, needs, and requirements of the job.