This article looks into the hiring process and how it can be used to advance sustainability.


The hiring process is not something that probably comes to mind immediately when you think about sustainability at a corporate level. But the hiring process is key to developing a workforce that are capable of dealing with change and share the company’s passion for sustainability.

If you want to be a purposeful business, you will need employees who share this common purpose and vision.

This can be done in a number of ways.

One way is to infuse purpose into job descriptions. By rewriting job requirements with purpose in mind, this will automatically draw purposeful candidates towards your business and screen candidates who are looking for something different. But this is far from a formality.

Another way is to make sure that you are evaluating candidates for their purpose in interviews. This can often be sidestepped and the focus can be on competency and experience. But it is imperative to drill down into how purposeful a candidate is in the interview process.

The last way, is to raise the bar for purpose required for executive level positions. These will be the leaders, who drive purpose throughout the business, so it is important that they display exceptionally high levels of passion and purpose for sustainability. Without this, sustainability can exist in a paper form only and not in real life.

What you need to know

This article looked into the hiring process and how it can be used to advance sustainability.

A business is just a group of people who come together to achieve a shared goal. The hiring process is instrumental to making sure that that shared goal is sustainability.

I would definitely recommend that businesses implement the actions contained within this article to accelerate sustainability within their organisation.

Steve Jobs said that “people with passion can change the world.” So, you absolutely must be screening for passion and purpose during the hiring process.

Thank you for reading,

By Barnaby Nash

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