Generally speaking, we can identify two kinds—or shapes—of professionals in the work field: the “I” ones, with strong competences and deep expertise, and the “T” ones, with broader skills and knowledge by linking up different specialties. Both types are essential in any organization, but it’s also true that recently companies need more and more workers with specialized knowledge who can also think broadly about a variety of areas, especially in the tech-Agile field.
Now, stop: as a job seeker, how T-shaped are you? As a company, how to find and attract the true T-shaped candidates? Check Neomobile’s tips below!
Becoming a professional means very hard work and constant improvement. Meanwhile, do you see yourself in at least 2 out of the 4 following points?
- You are ready for life-long-learning
- You provide value to a team
- You know about other areas of expertise
- You are great in communication and networking
The fact is that nowadays employee attitudes are more important than skills, which represents a sort of ‘revolution’ while recruiting: especially in open and innovative contexts, the passion for the job, a positive view of things, or a supportive attitude play an important role in the game.
So, these profiles with these characteristics will be in high demand instead of specialists operating in functional silos: how adaptable, highly collaborative, willing to work outside the expertise are you?
Now, what about recruiters?
- First of all, figure out what kind of an organization you are in (startups for example need to have lots of T-shaped people!);
- Analyze properly the vacancy in order to have a picture of the required candidate: apart from filling the job description, have a face2face conversation with the manager and check his/her assumptions. With a wide perspective of the wanted candidate, you are ready to source;
- Don’t forget to know the teams better: it will help you understand their cultures, thus to find the one who will fit perfectly with them;
- Challenge the candidate with different steps and interviewers (line managers, HR, also peers) – make sure you look for their feedback, early and often!
Finally, the most important tip: take your time! As our People Director Enrica Lipari explained recently, “a good hire means working ‘less’ in the people management, in the training part, in the resolution of any possible conflicts”
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