If your family does Disneyland right you know that it takes strategy to navigate the expansive world of castles and cartoons come to life. Surprisingly, several principles for a successful trip to the park are also required for employers to hire the right candidate for a job. Next time you’re hiring, remember these tips as explained with examples form Disneyland:
1. You must have a plan.
Disneyland is overwhelming without a plan. There isn’t enough time to ride every ride, so you have to pick and choose. Part of this plan is usually arriving early in hopes of beating the lines and packing in everything you want to do.
Recruiting successfully takes a similar strategy. Do you know exactly what you want from a candidate for an apartment job? Have you prioritized the steps you need to take to find this? Without a strategy beforehand, you will reduce your chances of accomplishing everything you would like. Just like in Disneyland—those who plan ahead will prevent headache later.
2. Take a time out.
In the land of Mickey Mouse and fairytale castles, you and your kids may be hesitant to take a break. But if you don’t, then you risk getting burnt out and tired sooner. Take a break, get a snack, re-apply some sunscreen, and you will be refreshed to enjoy the park once again.
When recruiting, employers must also take a break to step back and evaluate candidates. Too often, employers rush to make a hiring decision, which compromises their judgment. An employer may feel pressure to find a new employee and settle for someone who is less than ideal. On the other hand, an employer may get over-excited about a prospect, hiring before they have the chance to consider other candidates. A time out—in Disneyland and in the office—may be just what you need to get a fresh start and some perspective.
3. Sometimes a long line is worth the wait.
One of the most disheartening feelings in Disneyland is arriving at a highly anticipated ride and discovering that you can barely see the ride from the end of the line. Usually, if a ride has a long line then it means that it is popular. And sometimes, these rides are worth the wait. Perhaps it will end up being you and your family’s favorite event of the trip, remembered for years to come while you quickly forget the wait it took to get there.
Candidates don’t usually physically stand in lines when employers recruit, but you may have a long line of job seekers who have submitted their resumes online. For some positions, the number of apartment job applicants can be overwhelming and difficult to sort through. As with the lines in Disneyland, sometimes it’s worth waiting for the right candidate rather than settling for one to avoid the wait.
The hiring process may resemble a roller coaster sometimes, but implementing these tips will make sure you are well prepared and do not rush into any hiring decision. As with a trip to Disneyland—you don’t want to go through the recruiting process too often; you want to find candidates that are a benefit in the long-term.