“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”
In business, one of your most valuable assets is your team. This is why many entrepreneurs follow a thorough hiring process. They want to make sure that their people don’t just have the right skills but also fit into their business’s culture.
Not sure how to go about your hiring process? These tips could help you find the right candidates.
Define Roles and Responsibilities
Hiring the right personnel starts with understanding job expectations, roles, and responsibilities. With a clearly defined set of guidelines, your hiring team and applicants would understand the skills and experience you need for the position.
In addition, defining roles and responsibilities allows you to plan your recruitment strategy so you could find the best person for the job as quickly as possible.
Imagine if you invite all applicants for a one-on-one interview. Your recruitment process will never end, and you’ll be exhausted even before you could decide on the right candidate.
To make the most of your time and filter applicants, consider doing a pre-screening procedure. At this stage, you could narrow down the number of applicants by focusing on factors like skills, experience, and salary expectation.
Include Key Employees in the Interview Process
Remember, you won’t be the only one who would interact with your recruits. The rest of your team would be working with them too.
Think about getting some of your employees involved in the recruitment process. Have some of them join you in a panel interview. Discuss candidates, compare notes, and listen to their opinions.
Limit Standard Interview Questions
Standard interview questions like “what are your goals,” “what are your strengths and weaknesses,” and “why should we hire you” may give you a glimpse of a candidate’s character. However, these won’t let you know if they fit into your company culture.
During an interview, throw some unexpected questions to get better insights about a candidate. Unusual questions force applicants to forget about their rehearsed and canned answers. These encourage them to be creative, show their personality, and display their values.
Hiring the right people may be a tedious task for some, but it certainly would benefit your business in the long run. If you need help in your hiring process, get in touch with Sutherland Reid & Farrar. We offer Human Resources services, including assisting with advice on recruitment, contract information for employees, and developing workplace policies.
You may fill out our contact form or call 02 6752 9700 for your enquiries.