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New Approaches to Hiring for the 'Right Fit'

With low unemployment rates, according to reports, the talent war has reached a "fever pitch."

In a tech-world, "talent" often means computer, research, or social media skills. Soft skills and people skills also set employees apart.

Surveys say that such candidates are in short supply. In the process, employers are finding new ways to hire people who are the "right fit."

Right Fit

"Successful, savvy companies can fill their jobs; they look for a cultural fit and if that person has soft skills," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half.

Workers usually need basic tech knowledge, but don't need to know code. Companies can train new hires to do more technical tasks for their jobs.

"Maybe they don't know SAP or Oracle, but have the aptitude and they're willing to learn," he said.

Gary Burnison, CEO of executive search firm Korn Ferry, said employers today need to hire differently. "The real magic is finding people who will fit with your organization," he said.

Hire Slow

Dave Ramsey, a best-selling finance author and radio host of The Dave Ramsey Show, said companies should take their time in the hiring process.

"Because if you're not careful, you'll be filling that same job six months later," he told Bloomberg. "You have to be willing to wait for the right person -- one who shares your values, work ethic, and the company's mission."

He said that process takes time. It's not like a computer.

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