How to Hire Top Talent – Fluff vs. Substance

I’m Bernadette, today I am going to help you hire that right candidate by sifting through all the fluff and getting down to the substance of the candidate.


How to Identify Top Talent:

This is sometimes really hard to do when you’re a hiring manager and you meet a candidate that you instantly bond with personality-wise. It is hard to get down to the nitty-gritty of “okay I like them personality-wise” but are they going to be able to do the job.


You’re having an easy-going conversation; you have a lot of the same likes and interests but deep down you need somebody to do the job not just keep you company all day. You need to get past the fluff and get down into the substance to make sure that you have that right candidate.


One of the best ways to find out if they have the substance is to keep digging in with questions. Start out with a main question and then ask: why, why did you do that, how did you do that, what made you think of that?


The more that you drill down, the more substance that you’re going to find out. This way the “fluff” will just take themselves out of the running.


Yes, you have a great interview when you interview someone that you clicked with, it’s an awesome conversation. But long term it’s really that substance that matters. If you hire the substance, you will find someone that can do the job. You just may not want to go to happy hour with them! 


We hope that helps, please let us know if you do have any questions.  I can be reached at (480) 477-8440 or schedule a time on my calendar:


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For almost two decades, The Resource Link has strategically placed Accounting & Finance talent with some of the best companies in Arizona! We consult with our hiring managers and candidates to dive into the best solutions and outcomes and we provide advice and feedback along the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or just pick up the phone! We would love to hear from you to help you build the best team or find the best career.



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