Whether it is a Fortune 500 company, a new start up or a small business, finding and hiring quality employees is an important step in building and maintaining a positive workplace. In this blog post, we will briefly introduce four tips for recruiting and hiring employees that will help grow your company.
1. Accurately create job descriptions.
Step one in preparing to recruit new talent is to draft a job description of the position available. This may seem like an obvious task, but you would be surprised at how many job descriptions go unedited or aren’t updated, leading to a candidate that may or may not be qualified for the actual position at hand. Be sure to include the main skills and expectations for the position and consider including a success profile for candidates as they progress further in the hiring process.
2. Always consider soft skills & cultural fit of a potential employee.
A quality hire is an individual that thinks far beyond achieving the task at hand. Personality traits are an essential aspect of hiring a good fit. Far too often, hiring authorities consider the job description a priority and don’t spend time thinking about the personality traits that will work within the organization. This concept is especially true when the hiring process involves multiple decision makers.
3. Develop screening questions in advance.
It is no mystery that the screening process is where an applicant’s qualifications on paper either come alive or fall flat. Since you are seeking quality, your questions should lead you to have a general understanding of the applicant’s professional fit during the initial phone screening. Draft questions that are relevant to the position and the applicant’s abilities to enrich your office or workplace. Always consider the job description, cultural fit and applicant’s soft skills when developing your questions and for continuity, be sure to execute the screening questions consistently throughout all interviews.
4. Interview and conduct a background check.
The most obvious of these tips is to actually interview the candidate in person. After you have pre-screened employees over the phone, don’t be shy about asking questions that will make the applicant think while also giving you a proper chance to gauge their quality. You may ask, “What is quality?” According to Forbes, quality employees will be found by examining seven very important ‘C-traits.’ They are: competence, capability, commitment, character, compatible, culture and compensation. Also, don’t be scared about performing background checks, but always be sure to stay within the legal parameters of such. Researching the background of an applicant can uncover important details regarding their past work history and previous performance quality. For more information on researching and reference checks, take a look at our two part blog series, here (part 1 & part 2).
These tips may seem simple, but they serve as essential reminders for any hiring manager or human resources professional that has hit a wall while searching for quality employees. If you need help with recruiting top talent or with expanding your contingent workforce, give us a call at (650)752-6193. Menlo Partners Staffing, general & administrative recruiting experts for small to mid-size employers in Silicon Valley.
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