The hiring process is crucial in order to build an effective team of employees for your business. If this meticulous process is maximized, highly qualified candidates that can positively impact your company dynamic can be realized. However, organizations often struggle in this area, and this results in an ineffective team and failure to achieve goals. Here are a series of tips to fully realize the potential of your hiring process.
Make Clear Expectations
One of the biggest reasons there is often a gap in communication between prospective candidates and a business is there is no clear indication of what the hiring process is. Whether this is a fault of unclear interview questions or an overly simplified job description, maximize your hiring process by helping candidates understand what is expected of them. It is important to relay what your goals are and determine the readiness of candidates to achieve those goals. At that point, a proper hiring decision can be made. Precious time and money can be saved in the process.
Hire for the Long Term
A great method to create a stand-out hiring process is through talent optimization. This technique allows you to form the team you want and keep the future in mind. Your hiring process will run a lot smoother when you are hiring candidates that you are confident will stay with the business in the long-term. This is where the previous point of appropriate expectations come into play. Make sure that job descriptions illustrate how candidates might progress beyond a seasonal or temporary position by taking the job. When you have a job post and are thinking about the team of employees that will be formed, do not just plan for the next couple of months.
Integrate Candidates With The Team
If a prospective candidate is interested in taking a position with your company, one of the best ways to transition them is to have them get to know members of those who are already on board. Sometimes, going into a new job can be scary for some due to unfamiliarity and different workplace dynamics at play. Introducing candidates to people who hold positions in the company and giving them a hands-on understanding of how the business operates relieves some of the stress that may come with a new environment.
You can set up a time and date with the candidate to give them a tour of the facility (or do it through a video message) and introduce them to what they will be doing in a formal manner. This is also an opportunity to get to know the candidate’s personality more while building a relationship with those already employed. The candidate would also be delighted to know that you care about them enough to make them as comfortable as possible.
Ask Focused Interview Questions
One of the traps recruiters often fall into is asking generic questions that are don’t cater to the position. This creates a lack of awareness of the candidate’s skill set and their qualifications. Therefore, asking questions like “What is your biggest weakness” or other obscure questions only serves to waste time. Keep all of your interview questions focused on the specific position they applied for, what experience they have in that field, and how they would be an asset to the company. Based on their answers, your team should be able to come up with a definitive answer to a candidate’s qualifications.
As you can see, the hiring process is incredibly important to create the ideal team for a business. While there may be errors and missteps in building your process, there are ways to accentuate and maximize the potential of the candidates who become employees. Follow these tips and your hiring process will become even more effective.
About the Author
Robert Cordray is a former business consultant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience and a wide variety of knowledge in multiple areas of the industry such as corporate leadership, employee engagement, workplace culture and entrepreneurship. Robert earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Chicago. He currently resides in the Southern California area and spends his time helping consumers and business owners alike try to be successful. When he’s not reading or writing, he’s most likely with his beautiful wife and three children.