by Michael Holland    

Acquiring talent can be time and energy consuming.  In the recruiting process, reviewing resumes, applications and conducting phone screens with job candidates, it’s helpful to know your “knock-out factors.” What are the basics, the essentials, the must haves that you need for someone in the position? Maybe it’s a certain skill or type of education. Maybe it’s the ability to travel extensively or work weekends.  Identifying your “knock-out factors” and addressing them early on in the process will save you and your candidates a lot of time.

Make a quick list of your current open positions.  For each position list 3 to 5 knock-outs.