I'm a big believer in setting the bar high when hiring per the recent 'cast. I'm starting to get a little concerned, however, that I may be setting the bar too high particularly for entry-level positions. How do you know if that's the case?
For example, I see a lot of casual dress for interviews (dockers and polo shirts -- untucked, even). The vast majority of candidates are very unprepared for interviews. They don't even bring a copy of their resume and have a lot of difficulty answering questions. I live in the "Bible Belt" but I'm still surprised at how many candidates talk openly about their religion and will use church experiences to answer behavioral interviewing questions.
I realize that I'm interviewing for entry-level jobs, but these are positions that require a lot of public interaction with all types of people (hence my concern about the church/religion comments), communication and organizational skills. Is it because I work for a non-profit -- do candidates take non-profit positions less seriously? Sometimes it seems like it to me.
I would say no to at least 95% of the candidates I get... is that too high? Our acceptance rate when we do make an offer is low (it seems to me). Five out of the last 7 candidates have said no because of pay. Even after offering an extra week's vacation! Do I need to lower my standards?