Smart Hiring Shouldn’t Feel Like Gambling: Tips to Stack the Deck in Your Favor
16 Feb 2018
Recruiting and hiring a new employee can be a lengthy and costly process. Too often, decisions rely on instinct, and you never want to be at the losing end of a new-hire gamble. Poor hiring decisions aren’t just frustrating, they can be expensive. In fact, losing a new hire can cost your organization anywhere from 30 to 150 percent of that employee’s salary.
Smart hiring means you have solid, well-grounded reasons for making a job offer. Here are some tips to consider to stack the deck in your favor, so when you lay your cards down, you’ve got the best shot at winning.
Maintain Talent Pools
The best recruiters are constantly recruiting. You should always have a pipeline of candidates available, even if it’s a mix of active and inactive candidates. Consider it akin to the old-fashioned Rolodex found years ago on many executives’ desks. For example, maintain a list of people you interviewed in the past that you liked, but didn’t necessarily fit the job opening at the time. These folks could be tapped for future job opportunities. Current employees are also a wonderful resource for recruiting; their networks are invaluable.
Update the Job Description
The first step to smart hiring is to make sure you have the perfect job listing. Of course you want to list requirements and skills needed to do the job, but consider diving deeper. What do you want this person to accomplish in the first 6-12 months on the job? Consider revising your copy with this in mind. The better your job listing, the better candidates you’ll find.
Effective and Efficient Interviews
Once your ATS has filtered your results and you have gone through them yourself, reach out and schedule interviews to get to know candidates better. Just like applicants should prepare before an interview, so should you. Create a list of important questions. Make an itinerary for the visit, perhaps including an office tour. Stay organized and on schedule. Don’t forget to build in time for the candidate’s questions also. Be prepared to answer them, and if you don’t have a response at the ready, note you’ll get back to them later that day — and follow through.
Experience is essential to finding the right candidate, but it’s only one chunk of a much bigger story. It’s one thing to get the right fit for the job, but another to get the right fit for the company. You can hire the most seasoned professional available, but if they don’t mesh with the culture, it’s not going to work out. Incorporate cultural questions into your interview. Some companies have even started giving personality assessments as part of the hiring process. Whatever path you choose, make sure to prioritize cultural fit so you don’t regret it later.
The resume is superb and the interview was incredible. Time to extend an offer? Not so fast. To ensure you don’t get burned, always conduct a background check that includes credential verification. With Trusted Employees, you can customize your background check for your exact needs, including criminal history, reference checks, education and credential verification, and so much more. Remember, the person you met with is at their best during the interview. A background check provides you peace of mind that you’re making the right decision, and that the person you interviewed is who will be represented while working the job.