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Hiring the Perfect Team: Some Assembly Required

Hiring the Perfect Team: Some Assembly RequiredThe people you bring on board can truly make or break your company’s productivity. For this reason, you’ll want to put plenty of time and effort into your hiring procedures, ensuring that you’re attracting the best possible candidates for the job. In order to locate top talent who will help bring your company to the next level, consider these tips:

Understand the value of flexibility

More and more, employees are looking for jobs that will offer flexibility. They don’t want to be chained to a desk from 9 to 5 every day, and they want to be able to have a life outside of work. Understand that flexibility at work is a huge selling point, and can help you to land some of the best in the business. It’s okay to want some structure within your office, but consider offering the option to work from home one or two days per week in order to make your company stand out from competitors during the recruiting process.

Make company values clear

Professionals today care about company culture and want to know about a business’s values, goals, and vision; it’s no longer just about salary and sick days. When you bring candidates in for an interview, don’t be afraid to give them a taste of what life at your company is like. What makes your business different from other companies in your field? Why do your staff members love working there? Giving a well-rounded look at your business allows that personal to really envision their life working for your firm, and often makes the company seem more appealing. No one wants to work for a company that is dull and lacks personality. They want to see a place that is vibrant and purpose-driven.

Always be on the lookout for new talent

If you wait until a position comes open to start recruiting, you’re approaching the hiring process incorrectly. This type of hiring puts you in a time crunch, and may lead you to choose the first candidate who comes about, instead of finding a highly qualified individual. Instead of having to scramble to find a replacement when someone leaves, you should always be on the lookout for new talent. You may not have an opening for them at that time, but that could change three or four months down the line. This way you know about them and they know about you, so you’re not forced to frantically try to make connections.

Don’t just focus on skills

Many employers hone in on a candidate’s skills and disregard how that person will contribute to the office environment should they be brought on board. Ultimately, this can create problems with team chemistry. While you want to hire someone who’s qualified to do their job, it’s also necessary to take a broader look at how that person will shape the office. How will they get along with more veteran members of the team? What kind of energy will they bring into work each day? Technical skills are important, but you also need to hire someone who is positive and blends in well with colleagues.

How do you approach the hiring process in order to make it easier and more successful? Let us know in the comments!

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Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.