“Best, or Best fit” By Phillip Yi
By Nadiya on Oct 01, 2013
As the regular season for Rugby League in Australia draws nearer to a close, clubs are poised with a very important question – have we got the right talent to be competitive for the next season?
As transfer windows open, players and managers are approached by rival club recruiters and scouts to lure them into their team. So, what recruitment strategies do coaches and clubs utilise in an attempt to further their strength for next season?
We frequently find examples where teams would just target the ‘cream of the crop’, the ‘best of the best’ but is this the right approach? Often clubs will pay extremely high transfer fees coupled with ludicrous salaries to top players to lure them – however, more than often the introduction of new players sometimes doesn’t go as planned. Especially in team sports, where you need to rely heavily on how the team plays as a team – drawing on their individual talents to complement each other, where everyone is accountable for each other, a team full of people that lead by example – rather than a team of individual super stars, who want to be a hero every match.
The teams that consistently perform well and win titles are those that have recruited well – understanding exactly what profile of player they require and whom will fit well into their culture.
Can campus recruitment take a page out of rugby league and follow suit? Do we target the best of the best, with the highest marks and grades but disregard whether or not they are the right fit for your organisation? Each organisation, much like rugby clubs have a culture that is unique to them. Yes, marks and grades are important but we must place a higher emphasis on cultural and environmental suitability.