The process of hiring new staff members has never been a clear cut one. The truth is, candidates tend to put their best foot forward during interviews and so it is not easy to pick out those who are a great fit for the job as opposed to those who cannot. No matter what the current selection process may be, the most important thing is that you ensure to continue evolving same based on the culture, nature, and needs of your organization. Below is a list of several tips that are great for facilitating a proper hiring process.
While the main reason most people work is to earn money, your business is best suited to candidates that also have a passion for the work that needs to be done. Such an attitude is usually found in individuals that appreciate the job as a step in their career choice, as opposed to simply a means to an end. Obviously, not every job that your business offers is one that follows the career path of applicants, but they should at least be able to identify how the job applied for fits in to their future. An employee should approach a job offering with the mindset that a mutually beneficial agreement is the intention. Not only should his/her effort be felt within the business, but he/she should expect that individual growth of employees is facilitated. This is not a concern for those without the required level of passion.
Combination of Attitude and Aptitude
Do not fall into the trap of valuating academic achievements more than attitude or vice versa. Unfortunately, especially when your business desperately needs a position to be filled, you may forget that what is needed is a complete package in an individual. This is one who meets the academic requirements, has the attitude needed to work in your environment, and one who has a personality that can be integrated well within the organization. Very frequently, HR personnel lose sight of this and end up hiring individuals that do not meet all three criteria.
It is up to you to decide how you evaluate prospective hires from these standpoints, but just remember that such an evaluation is mandatory.
Make Use of Interns
This is a bit of an unpopular opinion as interns are usually fresh out of school and do not have much experience in the working world. Therefore, although they may possess great academic abilities, they usually lack certain fundamentals that someone who has been in the industry longer has already developed. Be that as it may, interns are perfect for growing into your business. Usually, especially when they realize the magnitude of the opportunity that they are being afforded, they have a level of hunger that you need in your employees.
This increases their receptiveness to training and their minds become easier to mold based on the organizational culture of your business.
Make Your Candidates Comfortable
The interview room is a tense place to be, especially when candidates are unaware who they are communicating with. It is very important to help your candidates feel as relaxed as possible by not only communicating in a relaxing manner, but also by encouraging sociable behavior. Apart from asking questions that purely revolve around the requirements for the job, it is also recommended to ask questions about the person behind the worker. Find out what the motivational forces are in their lives and encourage them to laugh a little. This allows you to get a more realistic reflection of the personality that you are dealing with, which goes a long way in assisting your decision-making process.