How many times have you aspired to “hit the ground running” on a new project or as a new hire? How many times as a recruiter have you heard aspiring candidates vow the same performance? According to a recent LinkedIn article, LinkedIn COO Dan Shapero says, “Some of the best, most transformative people we’ve hired didn’t necessarily bring all the skills on day one. They weren’t hired for who they are, but for who they could be.”
Aspiration but Unrealistic Expectations
From the article by Kate Reilly, “The problem with a “hit the ground running” mentality is that it celebrates speed over quality. It suggests that a top performer at one company can perform at that same level right away at another. But learning things like company norms, language, and hierarchy takes time — often even a year or two.”
Hit the Right Target
Immediate results are on many managers’ lists, especially in the modern shorthanded and overworked business environment. But Dan shares, “…there will be situations when immediate impact is what’s most important,” but according to the article,”… he’s experienced too many managers overfocusing on day-one impact as the most important part of making a smart hire — and that can hinder the long-term success of the team.”
The Right Timeline
Ultimately it’s about timing, “Given the need to balance results and potential, specifying the “timeline to performance” is key, he says. That means deciding when you’ll evaluate whether an employee was a great hire. The time frame will depend on the role and where the candidate comes from, but one thing is certain : It’s rarely three or even six months.”
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