Hiring is one of the most important jobs an employer has to do. Having the right talent in your company is what will allow the organization to grow and be profitable. Hiring new talent is an investment, so making the right choice is important. These four real-life lessons can help you get the most out of your hiring process.
Match the Person to the Position
Just because you hire someone for a specific position doesn’t mean there isn’t room for choice. Most employees are open to change and willing to learn. Sometimes, you hire someone, and they end up being the wrong fit for the position. Yet, there could be a different position where they would flourish. You have to look at the employee’s potential. If they are motivated and highly interested in working for the company long-term, they’re worth investing in. You are often better equipped to place someone after you have seen them in action than you are after an interview. You learn a lot about a person’s ability and personality by working with them.
Listen. Don’t Just Talk
As an employer, it’s easy to monopolize conversations during the onboarding process. You’re proud of the company and its accomplishments, so you are excited to share these achievements with prospective employees. However, a lot can go wrong if you talk too much. You could oversell the company or even worse, you could spend so much time talking about inconsequential points you forget to discuss the highlights. Most importantly, the goal is to learn as much as you can about the candidate. To do this successfully, you have to let them speak.
Give Bad News Early On
The unfortunate part of hiring is that you have to say “no” more than you say “yes.” Rejecting someone is never easy, but it’s better to be upfront and honest. During interviews you must listen to people talk about their goals and aspirations. You want them to succeed, so saying no is hard. Ultimately, they will respect you more if you are upfront. Be honest about why they weren’t chosen and give them helpful feedback that they can use in future interviews.
Think About the Future
Some employers only think about hiring when they have a position that needs to be filled. But in most cases, you’ll only have a couple weeks notice when an employee leaves and you need to fill a vacancy. This is not enough time to find and hire high quality talent. Instead, you have to have a plan in place for future hiring. One approach is to always be interviewing candidates even when you’re not hiring. It also helps to have a referral program. Your current employees are often your best resources.
The last thing you want is to spend all that time and money hiring a new employee only to have to let them go a few months later. Knowing that this is always a possibility makes hiring stressful. Nonetheless, hiring strong talent is essential to your company’s continuing success so you need a hiring strategy that works.
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