Talent Acquisition: Strategies for Sourcing the Best Candidates

Talent acquisition strategies for long term recruitment

In the dynamic landscape of talent acquisition, sourcing the best candidates goes beyond just matching skills and experience with job requirements. It requires a deeper understanding of the candidate’s values and how they align with the values of the teams and the company as a whole. Failure to prioritize this alignment can lead to catastrophic experiences that not only impact productivity but also the overall culture and success of the organization.

Initiating the talent acquisition process

Well before assessing anything else that matters, it’s essential to recognize that alignment of values brings significant value to both the individual and the company. Here’s why:

  1. Cultural Fit: A candidate who shares the same values as the company is more likely to integrate seamlessly into the existing culture. This alignment fosters a sense of belonging and collaboration, which are essential for teamwork and overall employee satisfaction. A non-aligned, even highly skilled individual, described as a vampire by Edgar Schein, can be a root cause of a disintegrating workspace.
  2. Longevity and Retention: When values are aligned, employees tend to stay with the company for a longer duration. They are more committed to the organization’s mission and goals, reducing turnover rates and the associated costs of hiring and training new employees.
  3. Increased Engagement and Performance: Employees who resonate with the company’s values are inherently more engaged in their work. They feel a sense of purpose and are motivated to contribute their best efforts, leading to higher levels of productivity and performance.
  4. Innovation and Creativity: Diversity of thought is crucial for innovation, but alignment in core values provides a solid foundation for collaboration and creativity. When individuals share common values, they can leverage their diverse perspectives to drive innovation while maintaining coherence in decision-making processes.
  5. The Culture KPI : companies that know their culture, because they have measured it, can safeguard or improve it by measuring who they bring in and how this makes their current culture evolve.

Prioritizing culture

Companies that have prioritized culture above any other aspect of an individual in their hiring advertisements have reported up to 96% more candidates. This increase can be attributed to a paradigm shift coinciding with a generational change.


In summary, prioritizing the alignment of candidate values with those of the teams and company is not just a checkbox in the talent acquisition process; it’s a strategic imperative. By ensuring this alignment, organizations can create a cohesive and high-performing workforce that drives success and sustains competitive advantage in today’s complex business environment.

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