Recruiting and religion share common ground—both require a reason to engage, a belief in what’s being offered, and a conversion experience.
Without a reason to fully engage, an individual is transient, easily swayed the next time something else catches his attention. He needs a reason to believe, be it in the spiritual practices of the religion, or in the promise a new job or assignment may hold.
When there is no belief, he is an imposter, only going through the motions. He may do this to placate a spouse who grew up with those religious beliefs, just as he may do in interviews, acting the part by answering questions, yet, only posing as a viable candidate, wasting the time of the hiring authority.
Without conversion, he becomes a spectator, appearing engaged, but never being fully committed. He will sit and listen to the minister, teacher, or imam, but he is only watching, not fully giving himself over to the experience. After appearing like a viable candidate who interviews well, he will decline an offer for an assignment or full-time job, resisting conversion to a new employment direction.
Redemption occurs when reason and belief lead to conversion, delivering him from previous circumstances into an opportunity for better conditions. The convert has a community and belief system to guide him towards an improved life experience. The candidate turned employee or contractor can now pursue a path that can provide more mental, emotional, and financial fulfillment each day.
While serving different purposes and varying audiences, religion and recruiting employ similar paths to move people to commit to something different or new. For that to work, it’s our job to ensure that reason, belief, and conversion are all present, otherwise, the only outcome will be wasted time and effort.