Ah, how great it would be, if every employee that we hired turned out to be an outstanding member of the team, and helped us to push our company to the next level. Alas, this is not the reality of hiring employees. It’s usually a hit or miss process, one that typically results in more duds than gems. It’s important to remember, however, that you don’t need to just settle for the luck of the draw when it comes to your new hires. There are things you can do to help push things in the right direction. We take a look at a few useful tips on how to do this below.
Define Your Needs
In some cases, it could turn out that you have a great employee…just not for the task or the company that you’ve hired for. Before you begin searching for an employee, it’s important that you’re identifying exactly what you’re looking for. Defining your needs, the skills you’re looking for, and the type of personality you want for your company will all help to refine your focus, and make it easier to discount those candidates that don’t meet your criteria.
A Sound Screening Process
No matter how well you’ve defined your needs, you’ll find that you have a lot of applicants. As such, part of ensuring that you get the right employee will involve taking a look at your candidate screening processes and figuring out ways to divide the potential employees to the ones that won’t fit in. You won’t have time to interview everyone that applies to work with you! These processes should not be static, however. You’ll want to look at reviewing and refining the process periodically.
It would make things easier if you could always take a person at their word, but alas, you can’t. Like it or not, there are people out there who are dishonest, and could lie just to be hired. As such, it’s really important that you’re checking the references that they’ve supplied, and carrying out a criminal background check (especially for those more sensitive positions). During the probation period, you may also consider giving him or her an employee drug test. Doing these things can prevent damage to your company, and also give you peace of mind that you can trust your employee.
Beyond the Resume
Most employers tend to focus solely on the skills and experience of the candidates, but it’s important that you look beyond the resume. A person could be technically pretty solid when it comes to the task you’re hiring for, yet still be the wrong type of person to bring on board. When reviewing applicants, have a think about how they’ll fit in with your broader company culture (if you’re progressive and modern, then your employees should be this way, too, for example). You’ll find it much easier to work with them — and they with you — if you’re generally on the same page when it comes to ethos and goals.