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When filling an open position on your team, you have a clear vision of the kind of person you want to hire. This is great, but you need to be flexible, because sometimes the best candidate is packaged a little differently than you’d expect.

It’s easy to cast off those who don’t meet your vision — especially when you’re inundated with resumes — but this practice can cause you to miss out on the best person you’ll ever hire. Instead of making decisions in haste, take the time to consider how each applicant could be an asset to your company in the long run. This might add a little extra time to the hiring process, but it will be well spent.

Here are three types of job seekers who deserve a second look.

Unemployed Candidates

It’s easy to assume a candidate currently out of work is a dud, but this is not always the case. Whether voluntary or involuntary, people find themselves unemployed for a host of good reasons — e.g., they were laid off, went back to school, took a break to care for a loved one.

Each person has a unique story, so take the time to hear them out. Sure, it’s possible the person was fired from their last job because they’re a terrible employee, but it’s also likely there’s a good explanation for their current jobless status.

Inexperienced Professionals

When you post a job description that clearly states candidates must have five years of experience in your industry, it can be frustrating to receive applications that don’t measure up. However, before you toss them to the reject pile, consider everything else the person has to offer. If this is their only major flaw, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to grow into the position.

When you take a chance on someone, they don’t forget it. The right person will give the job their all, because they won’t want to let you down.

Candidates With a Typo on Their Application

It feels wrong to consider candidates with an error on their resume or cover letter, but it’s the right thing to do. No one is perfect, so don’t allow one small typo to keep you from moving forward with an otherwise amazing candidate.

Chances are, the person proofread the document so many times, their eyes just grazed over it. Keep a close watch for other careless errors, and if nothing stands out, feel confident it’s not a regular occurrence.

At PrideStaff North Dallas, we understand how easy it is to accidently overlook great candidates, so join forces with us to make this a thing of the past. Get in touch today to fill your temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions right the first time.