There are many steps hiring managers must take to fill an open position. These include sourcing applicants, screening candidates, interviewing, skills assessment, writing the offer and onboarding the new employee. In the mad rush to hire someone to fill an empty spot, many managers overlook a few key areas that can be the difference between rushing into the costly mistake of hiring the wrong candidate and finding the perfect person to fill a position.
Here are some tips that will help ensure you always hire the best people who will improve your organization, enabling your company to grow and ultimately become more profitable.
1) Clearly define the responsibilities of the role If you want to hire someone who is well suited to the requirements and responsibilities of the job, you must make sure these are clearly defined. Start by writing a very specific job description.
Your job description should include:
A very clear explanation of the job duties, including all major areas of responsibility and what the successful applicant will need to be able to accomplish to be successful in this role
Required level of education
Work experience, including specific level they’ve reached in their profession and required the level of mastery in key areas of responsibilities
Any industry-specific accreditations you’re seeking
Hard skills, including computer applications, machinery, and technical abilities
Soft skills, such as the ability to manage people, work with others effectively and motivate colleagues
Use these requirements in both the job ad and to drive the interview process. In this way, you will receive exactly the information necessary to make an informed decision.
2) Keep interview questions relevant If you want to streamline the job interview, don’t ask questions that have nothing to do with accessing candidates’ qualifications for the job you’re trying to fill. I distinctly remember a time, during an interview, when a hiring manager asked a potential candidate what kind of tree he would be if he was reincarnated.
What?? This question is completely off-topic and not related whatsoever to the responsibilities required in the role they were interviewing for. Hiring managers should focus on trying to understand candidates’ ability to handle the responsibilities of the job and should ask questions that get at the following:
Relevant work experience • Job-related skills • Professional motivation • Interpersonal skills and behavior that will lead to success in your company, with your other employees and in the job itself
3) Put candidates to the test One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a recruiter is that candidates often exaggerate on their resumes. To avoid surprises after hiring, evaluate each candidate you’re considering to verify that they do, indeed, possess the skills and experience they claim.
Formalized skills tests are a great way to prove that a candidate is capable of the position. However, I have also found that a simple conversation specifically regarding their skills and experience is a great way to understand if they have what it takes to do the job. During the conversation, listen closely to find the golden nuggets of information that will give them away. I like to call these golden nuggets MSAs. MSAs take into account what the candidate has made, saved and achieved:
Made – What has the candidate made, as far as generating revenue, increasing sales or making their company more competitive. Think bottom line here.
Saved – How has the candidate saved the company money, time, resources or made the company more efficient by implementing best practices.
Achieved – When have they received commendations for a job well done or been recognized for hard work and innovation.
Find these MSAs by asking the candidate how they would approach or manage challenges in their skill set. Put them in a hypothetical role-playing situation that allows them to showcase their experience.
4) Allow the team into the hiring process When I worked as a corporate recruiter, I always advised my hiring managers to include other members of the team into the final interview stage of the hiring process.
Inviting other members from the team to assess the candidate will provide additional perspective on the candidate that the hiring manager might not have seen. Plus, it will tell you the chances that the rest of the team will be able to work well with the new employee – thus increasing the odds of a successful hire.
Adding these tips to the hiring process will help eliminate interview surprises, miscommunication, and unrealistic expectations. These will also help show potential candidates that you are an organized, smart and efficient organization, as well as give them a clear idea of what to expect in their new role – so that they make an informed decision.
Anthony is a tenacious and driven visionary. He has held leadership roles in the areas of Enterprise Accounting and Finance, Information Technology, and Operations. He has 17 years of experience in Executive Search, Managed Services, and Corporate Recruiting with Fortune 100 companies.
As an executive, he has been responsible for enterprise company leadership in Corporate Recruitment Operations, Human Capital Management, Business Process Outsourcing, Managed Services, and Enterprise Consulting as well as P&L management.
Anthony is an expert at building results-driven talent acquisition teams focused on high performance as well as exceeding threshold objectives through strategic planning and motivational leadership. His career path has shown constant progression and growth. He has helped companies meet their objectives while increasing revenue and stock valuation.