Every good manager knows your company is only as good as your people.
From quality products to superior customer service, it all hinges on finding and keeping employees with the right combination of know-how and character.
How can you be sure your hiring strategy is up to the task? We’ve put together a summary of smart recruiting tips for getting the best talent for your organization.
#1: Attract the Right Candidates
When you have an opening, you need the right people to know about it.
- Have a strategy. The best candidates go quickly, so invest in your corporate brand, cultivate relationships and accept resumes continuously — even when you don’t have an opening — so you have a large pool to draw from when the need arises.
- Write effective job descriptions. Who is your ideal candidate and what would make them want to work for you? Demonstrate what makes your company a great place to work, and clearly spell out what you need in a new hire.
- Choose the right channels. Place job openings on your website and social media accounts. Research job boards to identify which ones reach the candidates you’re looking for.
- Tap into established connections. Encourage employee recommendations. Reach out to your extended network by asking colleagues, clients and friends for pre-vetted candidates.
#2: Screen Candidates
Your next step is knowing what to look for when the resumes start rolling in.
- Review resumes. Fact check and eliminate those with exaggerations or outright lies. Look for evidence that the candidate works well in a diverse group. This could include interdisciplinary projects at work, community volunteerism or playing team sports.
- Check on references. Follow up with questions about the candidate’s experience, and conduct all necessary background checks.
- Include social media. Visit the candidate’s social media profiles for insights you probably won’t get from a resume or reference.
#3: Consider Personality Traits
Soft skills are just as important as technical knowledge and work experience for hiring a candidate who will thrive in your organization.
- Attitude. Look for individuals who can stay optimistic and motivated even when confronted with stressful situations.
- Interpersonal skills. How does the candidate treat others? Look for empathy and social intelligence.
- Cultural fit. The candidate should mix well with other employees and share your corporate values, but avoid hiring a “yes” man or woman. You want someone who will give you an intelligent, honest assessment even if it isn’t always what you want to hear.
- Curiosity. Does the candidate get excited about learning new things? Can they succeed in the midst of an uncertain business environment?
- Ability to handle mistakes. Ask how they respond to failure and how they deal with criticism.
#4: Optimize the Interview Process
Use the job interview to establish a rapport with the candidate and gather relevant information.
- Impress the candidate. The strongest candidates often have more than one offer on the table. Use the in-person interview to communicate the advantages of working for you instead of a competitor.
- Conduct preliminary interviews. Meeting the candidate for coffee first is a great way to get a sense of their personality in a more casual setting. If you have a large number of candidates, consider video conference interviews before deciding who to invite for a formal visit.
- Get your team involved. Introduce candidates to the colleagues they would be working with, as well as managers from different departments. After the interview, get feedback from multiple employees.
- Know what to ask. Ask pointed questions that are unique to your company and the position you’re hiring for. Find out how much they know about your company and, when appropriate, whether they personally have ever used your products or services.
- Listen to the candidate. Do their questions pertain to your organization and the job they’re applying for? Pay attention to spontaneous questions and comments during the interview. That tells you how well the candidate is listening and how they synthesize information.
Effective hiring practices give you an edge in today’s competitive market for the best people. Contact Moresource Inc. for innovative solutions to your recruitment challenges.