(SFIA: Skills Framework for the Information Age)
One of the most expensive mistakes any business can make is hiring the wrong person. The time and effort in the recruitment process; agency fees; the investment in on-boarding; the disruption caused to the team/business of a ‘wrong hire’; the potential loss of a better alternative; the cost of
‘letting someone go’; the cost of starting again, I could go on … (Check out https://www.inc.com/john-brandon/real-cost-hiring-wrong-employee.html).
Can SFIA really help with recruitment? Well before answering let’s make it clear that SFIA alone is not the answer. SFIA defines the IT skills required by an IT professional to be successful but at Lexonis we have long advocated the need to identify and hire for behavioural competencies as well as technical ones. In fact, many would argue that behavioural competencies are far more critical as they are far more difficult – if at all possible – to develop than technical skills (a blog post for another time perhaps!)
However, SFIA can certainly help with recruitment and below is a summary of how it can help. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s a start:
Once again, the list is not exhaustive but these are some of the key areas that we have identified here at Lexonis.
As already noted, a wrong IT hire can be an extremely expensive exercise – depending on the size of the business potentially a disastrous one. Take every advantage of SFIA to improve the odds in your favour!
You may also be interested in reading the following article from Talent Management http://talentmgt.com/articles/view/when-hiring-know-more-guess-less.
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