You’re excited. You’ve finally hired the person you were looking for to join your team. They’re personable, intelligent, capable, have a great pedigree, can do the job needed today and can grow within your organization. They might be the right person to eventually take over YOUR job when you’re ready top leave.
…If they are that good, chances are:
- you weren’t their only choice.
- they had other opportunities brewing when you hired them
- they are susceptible to a better opportunity and offer.
Did I scare you?
Want to know if the risk of them leaving is high?
Check their LinkedIn profile.
If they’ve updated their profile to show their new role with your team, you can sleep better. The risk of them leaving is not high.
However, if they haven’t updated the LinkedIn to show their new job commitment it means they are still shopping.
How do I know this?
I regularly see this with job seekers who have accepted something with the hope that something better will come along shortly.
The new reality is that professional and executive job seekers use LinkedIn for their careers. If they haven’t updated their profile, it means they are not telling their network about their exciting new commitment. It means they are not excited. It means they are not committed to you.
Has this happened to you?