I came across this blog post yesterday; it is by F. John Reh and titled Hire Talent, Not Just Skills – http://management.about.com/b/2009/07/06/hire-talent-not-just-skills.htm.
It got me thinking about how hiring the right person can solve both the short term and also the long term challenges that the business is facing. Even the most talented candidate will require time to acclimatize before they can work on meeting the business needs.
However even with someone with immense talent, in addition to time, it takes an investment from the manager to provide the candidate with regular coaching sessions and also ensure that the opportunities are provided for the candidate.
I have seen managers totally ignore this responsibility and as a result not only does the company lose because it takes longer for their investment in the talented candidate to mature. The candidate also loses because their career does not progress as they expected, which often creates a negative perception about that company.
The candidate is not without responsibility in this equation. The candidate needs to evaluate both the managers and the company culture on growth. After the candidate has joined, they now need to manage their growth and totally embrace the opportunities presented.