5 Tips to Guarantee a Great New Hire

October 11th, 2012 by

Having a successful business has a lot to do with who you hire. Not spending adequate time during the hiring process could have severe consequences on your workplace and its overall productivity. Avoid taking short cuts when reviewing candidates to add to your team. Choosing the wrong candidates can negatively affect your other employees, cost you more money than you expected and waste many of your team members’ time.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when looking for new talent:

Create an Accurate Job Description

Before you start to hunt for suitable candidates, be sure you know what duties and tasks the new hire will be responsible for. Carefully create your job description to clearly explain what the future employee will be doing. Making specific job descriptions will weed out the people who really don’t have the experience or desire to fulfill the position.

Develop Your Recruiting Plans and Goals

Make the recruiting process more efficient by assigning an interview team to prescreen the candidate to ensure he fits the requirements of your job description. This interview team will help you evaluate the interviewees and eventually help you decide who should be offered a job.

Define Your Ideal Candidate for the Job

Know the top traits you want to see in your future employee before you start interviewing candidates. While you’re conducting the interview, listen for the things the candidates say that match your top qualities. Finding people that align with your expectations will help you secure the right person for your open position.

Run a Background Check and Require a Skills Test

Background checks are the best way to guarantee your job candidates are who they say they are and have the experience they say they have. CAI can help your team run its background checks to avoid a bad hire. Contact Kevin von der Lippe at kevin.vonderlippe@capital.org.  Skills test are also important to run to make sure the candidate has the skills and knowledge to excel at the job. Writing, Microsoft Office and personality tests are common skills assessments to ask candidates to complete.

Request Recommendations and Check Them

Getting at least two recommendations that can vouch for your candidate’s past work history is important in reducing the chance of hiring a poor performer. After you conduct your interviews and narrow down your top choices, don’t skip this important step—you will save money and time.

Hiring the right candidate for your open position will positively affect your business performance, boost employee morale and solidify employer-employee relationships. So follow these five tips and stop wasting time, energy and money. For more hiring tips, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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2 Responses to “5 Tips to Guarantee a Great New Hire”

  1. John says:

    Great article and great points! Defining your goals for a new hire and ideal candidate is important as well as identifying specific skills that they should have. Basic Microsoft office skills and business skills are essential to today’s job performance. A great place to brush up on these skills is ICCE in Tampa. They offer online training courses that can help. http://www.tampatraining.com/OnlineTraining/

  2. Persis says:

    Thanks for your comment, John! yes, defining goals for your new hires and the specific skills they need to do to the job is imperative to their success.

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