The madness that is transfer deadline day is upon us once more. Throughout the entirety of the summer months, football clubs have been working hard at bringing in new recruits. Despite this, a significant amount of business always tends to take place on the final day. Several reasons can be used to explain this, but it all has a sense of desperation about it, as deals are rushed through at the last minute. Even though football clubs often have more money than they know what to do with, panic buying is a significant risk. However, with the money that is available to many clubs, that risk is marginalised. That is not the case for most businesses though. For the majority, recruitment can be the difference between success and failure. It is of paramount importance.

Quality is demanded/expected.

No matter what industry you’re working in, quality is expected by buying customers. In the world of football, supporters pay good money to be entertained, and expect new players to be of a certain quality. If not, fans won’t enjoy their matchday experience, and may not continue attending fixtures. Similarly, any customer who buys a product, or uses the service, of a company, will expect high quality. If this is provided, they’re more likely to repeat purchase in the future, establishing customer loyalty in the process. This is a key objective for any business, as sustained income becomes more likely. Therefore, recruiting staff with the required skillset is essential in ensuring the desired quality is delivered.

Must be the correct culture fit.

There is more to bringing in a new recruit than just being able to perform the job well. Being suited to the company culture is vitally important. In football, a player may have all the ability in the world, but if they’re not suited to how the team plays, they’re unlikely to be successful. A new signing must be able to play as part of the team, not as an individual. That is the same for any business employing a new member of staff. An employer must consider whether a person will complement the current workforce, or clash with them. If they decide on the latter, they should decide against making the hire. Unsettling current team members is never a wise move, meaning strong consideration should be taken about the personality of the candidate.

Recruitment is expensive.

Obviously in the crazy football transfer market, recruitment really is expensive. Millions of pounds are spent over the course of the summer months, with many treating such amounts as monopoly money. However, big money moves must still be considered carefully, as they may take up much of a clubs’ budget, meaning value must be found. This is the same for many other organisations, especially if they are recruiting for a senior position. Some new staff members will arrive on big sums of money, meaning they will contribute considerably to an increased wage bill. Moreover, those conducting the interviews are taking time away from their normal duties, meaning the business may be losing money as a result. This makes it even more important that the correct person is brought in, to ensure the process doesn’t need to be repeated to find another replacement in the near future.

Careful consideration should be taken when it comes to recruitment. Even on Deadline Day!