During a recruitment process, the opportunity occasionally arises to recruit an exceptional candidate for your team. This can come in the form of a sales person from a competitor, an accountant with a niche skillset or an IT guru.
A recent example of this can be seen in the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez by Manchester United (best club in the world). On paper this was a no brainer and Sanchez should (and hopefully will) be an excellent addition to the team. However, things in the real world rarely run as smoothly as you might hope, and all of a sudden a number of unforeseen issues start arising
- Upset Current Team Members
A new high-profile recruit can at times affect other people within the team. This can range from the new team member coming in at a higher salary than everyone else to denting the ego of a senior member who used to be the top person in the team.
- Disturbing the dynamic of the team
A new, highly-anticipated recruit can also affect how the dynamic of the team works. This new hire could potentially take over a project that a more junior team member was working on – resulting in that person being moved onto something they are not used to (Martial being moved from the left wing to the right wing). Maybe the metaphorical Sanchez will become the go-to person within the team even though they may only be an expert in one area (dropping deep into midfield and effecting the play of Pogba)
- Add more pressure
With the added cost of this recruit the pressure is being put on the team by management or the owners. From increasing sales to cutting down month-end to implementing a system ahead of schedule the pressure is on the team to perform, and do so quickly (Man Utd now have even more pressure to succeed in the Champions League and FA Cup).
When making the final decision on who to hire at the end of your recruitment process all areas need to be taken into consideration. As much as a superstar candidate might add to your team in some way or another, if they negatively affect the current structure and the environment it may not be worth it in the long run.