Wouldn’t it be great if you had a “sixth sense” of knowing you were hiring the perfect employee? Unfortunately, most professionals don’t have that kind of vision and depend on a resume and interview to make the final decision. As a hiring authority, you want to be assured that the candidate not only possesses adequate experience, but also will be a long-term, positive addition to the team. In order to make this happen, it’s necessary to put in the time and effort throughout the hiring process to find the right candidate for your company.
Step 1: Reflect and Assess First, come into this process with an open mind, a clear definition of the job responsibilities, and an understanding of the level of experience needed to perform the job well. Use the need to hire as an opportunity to examine the organization and the vacant position. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if any changes need to be made to the position before you publicize the opening.
What’s your ideal candidate? Reflect on your previous employee’s work performance. How do their strengths and weaknesses tie in with your expectations for this role? What type of personality would be a good fit for the company culture? Try to have realistic expectations when you envision your next hire. While it’s preferable to find a candidate that checks all the boxes, it will be challenging to hire anyone if there is no room for flexibility.