Looking to hire the best people for your organization?
Here are 5 critical success factors for great hiring practices.
- Make it a priority.
Your people are your business. Treat recruitment, hiring and on boarding as a business priority rather than a bothersome chore and you will be rewarded with higher productivity from new employees, better perception of your leadership, stronger loyalty from employees, and a more positive perception of your company and employer brand.
- Write a job specification that someone outside of your company can actually read.
Don’t use acronyms or internal jargon that outsiders will not understand. The job spec describes a position in your company but it’s also a marketing tool and a reflection of your company’s employer brand. Also, be mindful of putting information in a job specification that may be considered privileged or confidential company information.
- Look inside your organization first.
There is almost always a better payoff to promoting from within a company. You know the candidate, they know you. You can train for skills. Training for competencies and culture is difficult or impossible.
- Advertise through your employees and your networks.
Referrals is a great way to find candidates who may not be actively looking for a job but who are open to taking a look. The best executive recruiters cultivate a network of professionals who can provide them with quality referrals when they have a search mandate. You can also advertise on job boards/ website/ social media, but I find that the best ‘matches’ often come through referrals.
- Look at skills to filter candidates and competencies to make make an offer.
When presented with a large number of resumes to review, use a phone interview to determine if the candidate has the right skills to do the job. Invite those that make it past that step for a face to face interview where you will assess behavioral competencies in line with position and organization requirements.
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