If hiring managers had a time machine and had the option to return the "scene" of a hire 7/10 times they would NOT choose the same candidate again. Whether thats down to performance, cultural fit, attitude or whether that candidate was actually needed in the business.

I posted a Jack Welch quote today "Whether its a baseball game a football game or a business game the team with the best players wins" look at Apple, F.C Barcelona & G.E all have one thing in common winning people in winning teams.

You can guarantee the above names will know their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats when hiring as a group. To ensure you are hiring the right people for your business or team a SWOT analysis when hiring can add great value and ensure you are not one of those hiring managers wanting to jump in the time machine.

Instead of the standard job description using a SWOT analysis allows you to understand the exact hire you are looking for, the type of person who will thrive with the current environment and the reasons why not and why people want to work for your team.

So how do you use the hiring SWOT analysis ?

Strengths

To attract leading talent you have to give them a reason for them to want to work for you and not your competition. Here you need to discover those reasons....

Weaknesses

The most important area for me too many businesses like to think everything is rosy and that everyone likes working there. The actual truth is 80% of people don't "enjoy" their jobs. Having an understanding of where you are bad and self awareness of you as a manager will ensure the right fit.

Opportunities

Top talent never wants to join a group that is plodding along. You have to understand the exact opportunities you can offer them ( career, challenges, growth) and this goes hand in hand with the opportunities in the business.

Threats

Very much the road ahead. What can your competition do to knock you off track. I see a lot of don't watch your competition and I disagree. Yes you need to be focussed on your growth but you need to also be aware of your competition and the threat of them taking your best people. We need to mitigate the risk of them taking your best people.

It is key that you have a clear understanding of not only exactly where the company is going but the type of person joining your business and the business they are joining. Do this and you will hire the 20% that enjoy their work and not the ones that don't!

HR & recruitment tips supplied by CREATIVE ZONE client James Kevan of Swiss Gulf Partners - A HR Recruitment Company based in Dubai.