No matter how big or small, digital or analogue your business is, nothing is more important than your employees. The end. No discussions. That is why hiring the perfect people is so utterly important and yet so frustratingly challenging.
Just think about it for a minute. Think about the effects of hiring the wrong candidate. Not only will that be costly in financial terms, it could cause serious harm to the working environment you are trying to create, the culture you are building, the productivity of their team, and time-consuming in terms of hiring and onboarding.
Now think about it from the opposite angle. Pick the right candidate and you get paid back in more ways than you thought possible. Better productivity. Improved efficiency. Enviable employee relationships. Nicer organizational culture. Everything gets improved, from a work culture that reaps rewards to a morale that boosts your bottom line.
The question is, how do you go about hiring the right employee?
Know Exactly What The Job Is First
You can’t possibly know what you are looking for in a candidate if you don’t know what the job entails. That means coming up with an analysis of your needs and the role requirements. Duties, responsibilities, soft and hard skills, goals, ambitions, outcomes and what the working environment for that job will be like, and make sure you go through this with any managers that will be involved. This is the most fundamental step in any and all recruitment strategy. Period.
Don’t Be Afraid To Use A Professional Service
Yes, there are cost implications to be had from going down this route, but the positives far outweigh the cons. Whether you use a recruitment agency or hand pick a few headhunters, their entire service is built around networking, knowing who is available and what their skills are – both soft and hard. That is something you want to tap into because it is invaluable. They have relationships and once they have heard what you are looking for, they can then match you to an individual; minimal effort needed from you.
Be Honest in Your Job Description
This is one of the most important parts of the hiring process because what you write – and the way you write it – will have a huge amount of sway over who applies, which is why you should consider hiring a professional copywriter. You want to allure top talent, and that means knowing what top talent looks for in a job. Yes, they want to know what the job entails day-to-day and what the perks-slash-benefits are, but they also want to know what opportunities they will be given to grow and develop, what flexibility you offer, what the culture, values and ethos of the company are how much you will invest in them as employees. Honest is the best policy.
No Generic Interview Questions, Please
Carefully reviewing resumes and pre-screening your candidates is absolutely crucial. There is no denying that. But the cherry on the top of this cake is the interview questions you ask. All employees are wired to relay the answers you want to hear, which is why you need to step away from anything generic. Ask questions that will test them, ask questions that will uncover the truth and then set them a challenge or a task that will show you just how well they are suited for this role. If you are hiring a marketing assistant, have they come up with a marketing strategy for a specific product. If you are hiring a salesperson, have them sell you something there and then. Trust us, you’ll learn more from this than anything else.