Hiring Strategies

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Even the most experienced managers and human resources personnel can still have difficulty finding and hiring the perfect candidate for an open position. It can be difficult to determine if they will be right for the job or work well with the rest of the team. By learning how to utilise hiring strategies, you can hire the best people for your company.

Before you can ever begin to hire a new employee, you have to know what you are hiring them for. You must first know what the position calls for and what type of person the job will need. During interviews, you will need to be able to define and describe to the potential employee so that they are not surprised or left in the dark. Being prepared yourself can help prepare the employee as well.

Developing a hiring ‘strategy’ may seem a little extreme, but it is actually a helpful tool when preparing to hire a new employee. When an opening comes available that you will need to fill, there are often several steps to take and follow in order to obtain the best workers. Many companies develop a standard hiring strategy for their open positions, but it is always a good idea to adapt your strategy to your company and its business needs.

One of the first steps to finding great employees is determining what type of person will fit into the new position and the company. But finding the right way to lure in candidates can be difficult if not done properly. The key is to reach out locally as well as outside the region to reach a range of people and a range of talent.

Now that you’ve sent job descriptions and help wanted ads, you have a wave of responses, but don’t know what to do next. Now that you have candidates to choose from, it is important to begin determining which ones you want to interview, and which ones you don’t. This filtering process allows you to see which candidates deserve a personal interview based on their skills or attributes while removing the ones that do not.

So you’ve sent out job descriptions, reviewed tons of resumes, and even completed a few phone interviews, now it’s time for a face-to-face interview. Interviews are the classic way for hiring managers to meet with candidates and get to know their skills and qualifications. They allow for an employer and applicant to meet in person and discuss the position in depth.

Preparing for an upcoming interview can seem like a daunting task that takes a lot of preparation. An effective interview can help find a qualified candidate quickly while weeding out the applicants that are not. When an interview is done smoothly and effectively, hiring managers can spend less time looking for candidates and will fill the position right the first time.

After you’ve conducted dozens of interviews, either in phone or in person, it is now time to select a candidate to hire for the position. Of course, this is another process in itself, which can involve employee testing, profile set up and even background checks. Know the candidate you want to select before taking them to the next lengthy step of the hiring process.

The selection process is no easy task and can often take days or weeks to complete thoroughly. Sometimes this can scare potential employees away while others don’t mind the wait to join your team. Keep the candidates you don’t hire on file for back up and focus your energy on the candidates that did make it through your screening process.

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the interviews, employee testing and background checks and have determined which candidate would be best for the position. Now is the time to make the job offer, which is an offer that contains the details of topics such as job title, job responsibilities, salary, and benefits. The job offer can be negotiable, but in the end, it is up to you who will fill the position.

Onboarding is a term used in the business world to define the process of welcoming a new employee and helping them to become productive in the company. Now that you have made your selection and brought a new employee into the company, it is time for them to begin the onboarding process by being trained, mentored and learn how doing well in their position can benefit the company as a whole.

Although this workshop is coming to a close, we hope that your journey to understanding better hiring strategies is just beginning. Please take a moment to review and update your action plan. This will be a key tool to guide your progress in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. We wish you the best of luck on the rest of your travels!

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