Often when we speak to candidates one of the first questions we are asked is, “what is the company?” However, that is information we wait to reveal, and we have good reasoning for it. Every company and every candidate are unique. A major part of our job as chemical recruiters is to find matching pairs in between the individual’s wants and needs and the company’s environments and values. While it would be easy to tell candidates who the client is and allow them to do research to decide alone if they are interested in the company, we have found it to be more beneficial to learn more about the candidate’s background, wants and values first.

Taking a deeper look

When we take in a job, we go in depth with our clients about who they are and what they do. We want to know details such as the size of the company, what the culture is like and what type of people tend to thrive the most there. Personality fit is essential to match a candidate with a hiring manager and their team so we take it a step further to make sure that candidates will be a seamless addition. To determine that, we take a deeper look into the candidates we interview. Some people prefer larger companies over small companies and vise versa. Some people want to wear multiple hats or prefer rural locations over metropolitan. Others love to travel while some would rather not. It all comes down to the individual person’s unique needs and expectations of what they want in a company. When these needs and wants are matched up with company values, culture and what the role has to offer, we see retention rates skyrocket.

How does waiting to reveal the company help?

We dive deep into the candidate’s profile, going past just what their work experiences have been. We learn about their values, what their must haves are when looking at new opportunities, what work environments they thrive in and take into consideration if the role seems to be in the best interest not only for their career but for their lifestyle. If we do not feel that the candidate is a fit for the opportunity, we don’t always reveal the company. However, the conversation is still valuable because we have been allowed to know the candidate better to be able to match them for future roles. If the boxes seem to be checked for candidate and client, that is when we reveal who the client is and then encourage the candidate to do some research on the company to help decide if they are interested. This helps build better connections between candidate and client, resulting in more successful interviews and better matches.

Just doing research on a company does not paint the whole picture, just as only seeing a resume doesn’t show exactly who a candidate is. There is more to learn besides what is online, on paper or in a profile. That is where the importance of finding the right fit comes in. Companies will thrive and have better chances at retaining talent and candidates will feel more satisfied in their work. Building deeper connections and understanding each party is the best way to ensure that candidate and company will leave the process feeling confident and excited about their decisions.

-Written by Brooke Hughes: Researcher for Specialty Chemical Recruiters