5 Tips for Hiring the Right Employees

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Business Management, Business Start Up Advice [ 0 Comments ]

Selecting a staff and making employment decisions can be challenging, considering these choices can change the face of your business.  Consequently, your employees are your most valuable asset, and this decision has potential to be unfathomably beneficial or disastrous.  The following five steps will aid a business to select the best candidate for the important position within the company.

1. Job Listings

It is crucial to be specific when constructing a job listing with the intention of enticing potential employees.   A job description too brief will attract confused, unqualified, and ill-equipped applicants.  However, there are limited downsides to implicitly describing the required duties of the job posting.  Derived benefits include the assurance of receiving applications from only the most qualified of applicants with the highest potential to positively influence the business.  This requires that the employer includes education and experience requirements in their listing and remains steadfast in their decisions as they weed out applicants who are unqualified.  This is the most important step in hiring new employees and great attention should be devoted to this task.

2. Actually Listen To Your Candidates

After contacting the most desirable candidates and extending invitations to scheduled individual interviews, the interviewer should implement a structure that allows the interviewee to discuss their background and future with the company.  While many managers feel that it is necessary to discuss the requirements of the position before hearing from the candidate, this should have been covered in the “listing stage” and can lead to the employer putting words in the candidate’s mouth.  It is important to let the interviewee communicate what they are looking for out of the featured employment opportunity and why they are the best candidate for the position.

3. Find What Motivates Each Candidate

When discussing the listing with the job applicant, an essential topic that needs to be addressed is that of values.  One individual’s values will often differ from another’s, but an essential quality in the right employee is the alignment of personal values with those of the company.  The ideal hiring process, contrary to popular belief, is not structured to hire any one person but to weed out all applicants with the exception of one.  Discussing values and allowing the participant in the interview to answer for themselves will help you to exclude may applicants with a single question.

4. Test Their Skills

After selecting an elite group of potential employees from the pool of candidates, it is key that the employer test their abilities.  While an applicant may possess extraordinarily superior interview skills and have a wealth of experience there is no better measure of ability then the evaluation of one’s own work.  This process will speak volumes about the applicant and give companies an inside look to what they can expect in the coming time the applicant is employed.

5. Make Sure Your Hiring Process is Transparent

While there are many safeguards that ensure those least qualified are eliminated from the hiring process, the most important measure is the personal feelings of higher management.  If the higher ups fall short of being convinced, a trial session of temporarily employment assessing a candidate’s work on a more permanent basis, if possible, may be appropriate.  This poses little threat to the hiring company and allows the potential employee to showcase their best work in hopes of being hired.

In conclusion, this article is to be used as a guide by potential employees with aspirations of staffing paid positions with their company or organization. While allowances and variances may be implemented at the discretion of the employer these tips have been proven effective in the hiring process.

Jeff Warriner is a writer of relevant business topics for Resource Nation, an online resource for entrepreneurs seeking advice.

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