Hiring mistakes are costly. Not only are you back to the drawing board in terms of the hiring process, but there’s also the impact on morale and productivity to deal with. That’s why making smart decisions is so important when it comes to hiring.
While there’s no guarantee that when you make a final choice it will be the right one, there are some steps to take to reduce the risk of a mistake. Here’s a look at 6 of them from Stewart Staffing, one of Hartford’s top staffing agencies:
Write a clear job posting.
The stronger your posting, the better your chance of attracting top-quality talent. So be thorough when describing the role you’re filling, including relevant skills and qualifications. Also include requirements you have in terms of experience and education. The clearer you are about the position and your needs, the easier it will be to screen candidates and find those who are the right fit.
Conduct phone screens.
Phone screens offer you a quick and easy way to determine whether you want to bring a potential candidate in for a face-to-face interview. These can be conducted anywhere, anytime, even after business hours, if needed,
Ask behavioral job interview questions.
When it comes to the job interview, don’t simply ask about strengths and weaknesses. Ask behavioral interview questions, as well. These can help you better discern how a candidate would act in a real-life situation because you’re asking about past situations they’ve dealt with.
For instance, if customer service is an important part of the position you’re hiring for, ask a candidate to describe the last time they had to deal with a difficult customer and how they handled the situation.
Perform skills testing.
Once you’ve narrowed your list of candidates down, conduct skills tests on them. There are many different resources for these and it just depends on the skills you’re looking to evaluate. For instance, you can perform online typing tests, or design a role-playing test or mock situation. With whatever type of test you perform, you’ll gain real-life insight into whether or not a candidate is a good fit for you.
Give a homework assignment.
If you’re trying to decide between a few equally qualified candidates, giving them a homework assignment is another way to more fully evaluate their abilities. You’ll gain a sense of whether they can follow instructions properly and if they have the skills and knowledge to do the work.
Look for potential.
You might have a candidate with all the right experience. But if they don’t seem enthusiastic or engaged, then they’re not going to become valuable contributors. On the other hand, you might have a candidate who is light on experience, but has loads of potential. Don’t count them out. Just because they don’t have extensive experience doesn’t mean they can’t do the job.
You can’t be 100% certain about all your hiring decisions. However, by following the tips above, you can gain more confidence that those you do hire will be the right fit for your organization.
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As one of Hartford’s top staffing agencies, we know you need talented individuals who are committed to doing the job right the first time, every time. And we can give you access to them. To learn more, contact our team today.