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How To Hire The Right Talent For The Job
Hiring can be tricky. It’s not particularly rare that you’ll bring someone on who sounded great in the interview, only to find that they’re a terrible fit a few days or weeks down the line. Even worse, you’ll bring on someone who’s lukewarm; good enough that you won’t replace them, but not productive enough to help you to take your business to the next level. The longer this goes on, the more people you have that need to be constantly motivated and trained for relatively little return. So what is there that can you do to make sure that you’re bringing on the right people in the first place?
Gather Great Options Yourself
The most important rule for finding great employees is to make sure that those potentially great employees are actually applying for the job. With a recovering economy, many of the people answering your craigslist ads will be coming from the bottom of the barrel (though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some gems among those). To give yourself a little bit more control of the process, you’ll want to send the word out among your existing employees and make use of their personal networks. Additionally it’s also a great idea to go out on the hunt on LinkedIn or another internet job portal. The internet is taking over from traditional job search methods, and it’s important to use those resources if you want to reach a large audience. Many qualified people also won’t be actively looking for a job because they might have other work, or because they’re discouraged.
Know What To Look For In A Leader
Hiring the right leaders is imperative for keeping the rest of your company healthy. A single bad manager can not only break your business’ efficient workflow, they can undermine your company culture and wreck morale. Because of this it’s important both to know what attributes make good managers in general, and what the needs of your employees and your company are specifically. For example; all good leaders need great communication skills, but if your business has telecommuting options then those leaders will need an extra level of skill for monitoring and motivating employees remotely without either micromanaging, or under-managing them. Learn what the special needs for your business are, and make sure that your managers are a good fit for them.
Think Of The Big Picture
Your team won’t work together well if you don’t deliberately hire employees who you know will work well together. This is especially important in smaller businesses, because there aren’t as many people, and they aren’t as fungible, so moving someone to another team might not be an option. Because of this it’s important to bring someone from the team that the employee would be working with into the interview process. Let them watch the interview, and perhaps send them to grab some coffee in the break room along with a candidate that you feel fairly good about. Then ask them if you think the candidate would get along with the other team members.
The point of the entire process is to bring on someone who will fit into your team and be motivated to give their best effort to help your company be successful. Fixing those hiring issues is all about bringing in the best candidates, knowing what you’re looking for, and ensuring that your team will work together on a day-to-day basis.
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Guest post written by Samantha Stauf: Samantha Stauf works in the marketing department of a start-up. She has spent a large chunk of time training the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ talent. She has hope that one day the pool of new employees will be more ‘right’ than ‘wrong.’