What if your employees controlled your recruiting process?

Raising the bar: What if your employees controlled your recruiting process?Whether they are for the purpose of recruiting, coaching or managing performance, competency models are intricate and complex processes to develop and implement. And as director, manager or CEO of a company that employs HR professionals, you may not view these tools as cost-efficient.

Yet, when used correctly, the proof of their efficiency stems beyond simply having narrowed down the right candidates for the job. Employees selected via carefully developed and customized competency models have the potential to become what field experts call “bar raisers”.

We have the proof in this week’s HR pudding.

A culture of stars selecting stars

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Amazon received some rather interesting press for having coveted the culture of bar-raising practices, and sticking to it. But just what do bar raisers do?

“Bar raisers are skilled evaluators who, while holding full-time jobs at the company in a range of departments, play a crucial role in the hiring process by interviewing job candidates in other parts of the company.”

In light of this definition, let’s revisit the title of this article: What if your bar raisers – those employees who go far and beyond their job description, with outstanding results – had a say in your recruiting talent management process?

Imagine that! Creating a business culture through which your star employees are empowered and trusted to select new stars. It’s certainly not mere luck that the process of recruiting and selecting the right candidates or developing employee performance could then lead to their initiation into that of a bar raiser. And yes, it all begins with developing and implementing the right competency models for your organization.

The foundation for performance

When used during the recruiting process, competency models have proven effective in identifying certain behaviors that could affect the welfare of other individuals or groups within an organization. Because they extend beyond the typical technical requirements for a given position, behavioral repertoires, such as motive and various personality traits, offer a better means of predicting an employee’s success within your company.

Knowing that, who better placed than your bar raisers to determine which competency or behavior benefits and which harms your group’s productivity as a whole? Imagine having your competency models developed by your bar raisers; those very individuals who, day in and day out, exemplify the ability to change, accept extenuating circumstances, ask the tough questions, and earn a reputation for success… all without expecting extra compensation. It’s not all rainbows and gumdrops, but it opens up a whole new level of job performance, on which it is difficult to place a price tag.

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A Competency Model for Career Mobility

The Value of Competency Models for Employees: When Performance Evaluations Aren’t Enough for Career MobilityOur intention is not to burst your bubble about your professional future, but let’s be honest: Your potential to be promoted to other roles within your organization has most likely already been evaluated by your employer, based on the skills, competencies, knowledge and those ‘wish list’ attributes you are perceived to possess.

But just how accurate is your employer’s perception of your capabilities? And what if the skills required for the role you wish to obtain were competencies you haven’t been given the opportunity to demonstrate yet? Is there even a way for you to know what is contained in this proverbial wish list?

Evaluating the skills and knowledge you’ve already acquired and used in your current role is one thing, but it’s those intangibles on your employer’s ‘dream candidate’ wish list that truly make the difference in terms of assessing your potential for career mobility.

When organizations use customized competency models, it provides you – and all employees – the consistency and objectivity you need to understand not only your performance and potential, but also what it takes to move up. Think of these models as road maps to your professional success, charting your course towards the progression you seek in your career.

Core skills are not enough

If you’re looking for career mobility, it’s not enough to simply possess and master the core technical skills required by your current job role. What makes you most attractive and valuable to your organization is a combination of, yes, these core skills, but also personal and intangible competencies. These intangibles are what sets you apart and what makes you shine in the eye of your employer.

But intangibles are, by definition, things that are not concrete. More specifically, they can be explained as things you can grasp the meaning of, but can’t wrap your hands around. So how can you know what is expected of you and, better yet, how can you develop competencies that are typically so subjective?

In comparing candidates’ performance and potential, a competency model provides a consistent, objective and valid framework for the evaluation of your skills. If none exists, you cannot really know what is being used as a measuring stick, e.g. loyalty to boss, tenure, etc. A model allows your employer to give you clearer, more concise and understandable feedback about your strengths and development opportunities. For instance, would you prefer to hear “you need to work on your selling skills” or “you would be more effective in selling your ideas if you more actively sought to understand others’ needs and concerns before trying to promote your ideas”? The latter is a lot more specific and helpful to you.

A competency model therefore helps you build your own development plan by pointing to specific behaviors that you master and those that you should improve. That’s the true value of a competency model for you.

Half the battle to your aspirations

When your company hired you, they were most likely evaluating you against a holistic group of qualifications: core, personal and potential intangible skills. Really, half the battle to achieving your career aspirations has already been won – you’re hired!

Now, as your workplace and industry evolve, you are expected to continue to learn and develop new skills, to adapt to change and take ownership over your professional growth. A well-executed competency model approach can help provide this… and we can help!

To learn more, visit our webpage here and don’t hesitate to share this article with your employer!

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