With all the hard work you’ve put into building your company or startup, you definitely deserve the best kind of employees on your team. It’s not always that easy, though, and someone who impressed you during the interview may turn out to be less than reliable later on – just like someone who messed up the interview could, in fact, be a star employee.
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That’s why you need to read up on how to hire the best candidates and find ways to get to know them that goes beyond the interviews. It is, after all, an unnatural setting which some people may be able to work in their advantage while other hard-working people struggle under the pressure.
Here is a handful of excellent ways to ensure that you’re building the best kind of team for your business. That way, you’ll avoid having to go through the interview process all over again when the most recent member you hired turned out to be the last person your company needed.
Consider your company culture
What might have been right for your competitors is not necessarily right for you. Nobody knows the culture of your company as well as you do so take some time to consider the type of person you’d like to take onboard.
How will they fit in with the existing culture, how can they contribute to it, and would they be able to change it for the better if they stay for a while?
A good point to keep in mind is that the people you’ve already taken onboard may know someone who can benefit your company. Good people know good people, as they say, and you should take advantage of their network first.
It’s perhaps one of the biggest reasons to why so many people find a new job through their friends and work network; ask around in the office, first of all, and you’ll be sure to find someone who will fit right in with the other team members.
Plus, when people enjoy the work they do and look forward to coming into the office every morning, they tend to recommend people they know for positions in the same company.
They would, after all, not recommend a workplace they hate to someone they love so you should take it as a compliment if someone turns to you with a potential candidate for an open position.
Work from your top-performing employee
When hiring for a position, it’s easy to think about everything you’d like to candidate to be. He or she should be experienced, hard-working, skilled, focused, etc – but are these not just filler-words that anyone could claim to be in order to get the job?
If you start by working on the other end, however, by looking at your best employee and filling out their profile, you may get a better idea of the kind of candidate you’re looking for.
This is a real person, at the end of the day, and you have seen their skills in action with your own eyes; if you want to hire someone who could be an excellent team member, you need to use your best employee as an example. It’s a good idea to have a look at this site on quality of hire as well, by the way, to make sure that you’ve got everything covered.
Now you have a set of skills and personality traits to look for that won’t just be filler-words that anyone knows that they should boast about during that job interview.
Involving your star employee
It’s a good idea to involve your top performer in the hiring process as well, by the way, since he or she will have a lot of insights as they have been on the other end of the interview before.
This employee will also know exactly what the team needs as they are at the forefront at all times and understands what a skilled candidate will be like. It’s a good chance that they will be a bit more empathetic as well when it comes to the actual interview and may even be able to identify nerves when they see them.
It just makes it a lot easier in terms of finding the right kind of candidate to hire – and you won’t have to waste any precious time on looking for the best one.