Resolve To Recruit Better In The New Year
In this economy jobs are much harder to come by for prospective employees, this period of time is also harder for employers in the selection process. There is a higher quantity of applicants and far more scouring through these applicants to make the sure the best choice is being made. As much as more managers and hiring personnel would like to say they always make the right choice there are times they are willing to admit they made a bad judgement call.
John Featherstone, author of “Start Hiring Winners", states that hiring the right person the first time can save you tens of thousands of dollars in time and resources, and it’s not as difficult as you might think.
In order to help streamline and improve the hiring process you are currently using, Featherstone offers these following steps:
- Clearly identify the “musts” needed for a position, then weight each criterion. These are things that candidates must have in order to be called for a phone interview. Beyond basic skills, managers need to give serious thought to special skills the employee will need to solve current problems and achieve performance improvements.
- Look for and rate those “musts” during the initial resume review and all interviews (phone and in-person). Ignore your “gut feeling” – whether positive or negative – until all candidates are interviewed and evaluated against the same criteria.
- People succeed from their strengths, so keep your focus there during the interview. Just be sure there are no weaknesses that would almost surely lead to failure on the job.
- The in-depth interview is a fact-gathering session that allows you to make a good hiring decision. Spend your time gathering facts directly related to job performance. Don’t do all the talking! Candidates should be able to share tangible results that are directly relatable to the position for which they are applying.
- Commit to taking time for a successful recruiting project. Take no shortcuts. Doing the job properly the first time will save you time, money, energy, frustration (yours and the employee’s co-workers) and the need to do this all over again too soon.