Covering bases: how to identify and hire the right employees

Hiring Process - Identifying Talent

Having the right team will likely make or break your business. Whether you are from a back office, marketing, product, or web development background, hiring a new employee is a core skill you need to be good at. In practice, it all about identifying and motivating the right people to join your business.

In the latest in our ‘Covering bases’ series of articles we look at how to identify and hire the right employees. Below are some notes we have compiled to get things started:

LOOK FOR SOMEONE WHO IS COMMITTED

A person who is 100 per cent committed to their career is certainly the type of candidate you should look at hiring. At the end of the day, you don’t want to hire someone who is always changing jobs because if you do, then you may find that you end up compromising your entire company and this is the last thing that you want.

TEST FOR ANALYTICAL SKILLS

It’s also important that you try and use different methodologies to measure the analytical and the learning skills of your candidates.

Psychometric tests have long been used in the fields of finance, consulting and web development, primarily at larger and better resourced businesses, but personality testing is now gaining traction amongst start-ups too. If your competitors, or businesses with significant similarities to your own are doing these tests then it is worth considering why.

Sure, testing job candidates might be tricky but you shouldn’t evaluate candidates based solely on their resume. After all, a resume can contain lies and exaggerations and the last thing that you want to do is hire someone based on false information. A candidate that has a lot of confidence is great but you ideally want someone who has the right skills for the job.

COMPATIBILITY

You need to find an employee who is going to fit in with your company culture if you can.

Find out if they have the social skills to get along with the other people in your company and also make sure that they are open to diversity. Ask how they are managing their current clients so that you can judge how compatible they are for your company.

It’s always vital that you remember that willingness and adaptability are two of the main skills that a candidate must possess in order to work with you. If they cannot get along with a previous boss or if they state that they prefer working alone, then this can indicate that they are not adaptable and potentially unsuited to a team environment.

This must be the placeIMPROVE THE HIRING PROCESS

Staff diversity is important to bring in new ideas and thinking. Mono-cultures are stifling.

It doesn’t matter whether you are hiring employees for a multinational organisation or whether you are looking for potential candidates who can build your start-up because the hiring process is the first factor that you need to focus on.

Instead of asking irrelevant questions, you have to focus on getting to know the knowledge, skills, confidence and attitude of the potential candidate.

When you advertise job vacancies for your company, you also need to make sure that the job requirements are clearly mentioned. This will help you to evaluate candidates and it will also help you to attract new talent.

DO NOT FORGET THE INTERNS

Hiring interns is a very good way for you to boost your business. When you hire an intern, you can learn about their strengths, weaknesses, attitudes and also their confidence levels. It also gives you the chance to learn about how practical they are with work and their approach to your company in general.

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