As a small business owner, you are probably familiar with the constant challenge of finding the best people to work for you. There is no single best approach to getting the right people to join your company. But one thing’s for sure, hiring involves a lot of money, time, and energy, so it should be done right every time.
Check out these fresh and innovative ways to get top talents to fill roles in your company.
Find Who Fits In
What is your company’s character, the values it stands for, the attitudes of people in it, and so on? Have a clear definition of your company culture to help you look for people who share the same values or beliefs or will be able to adapt to your unique environment. Also, come up with culture-fit questions that elicit honest responses, and show applicants the physical working space or describe the virtual setup.
Company culture can affect an employee’s performance and desire to stay in the organization. Some new hires quit on the first day because of “how things are being done.” To avoid this situation, have a potential new hire mingle with the team and see how well they fit in. But as a long-term solution, ensure that office dynamics remain healthy and productive for everyone.
Enlist Employees’ Help
This help can come in many forms. The most practical one is to ask for the opinion of those who will be working closely with the new manager, for example. You can share the candidate’s resume with them and crowdsource interview questions, like leadership style and experiences relevant to the open position. Make sure that you don’t breach the candidate’s privacy, though.
Limit the number of employees with whom you share a candidate’s personal information as much as possible. You can also have everyone meet over lunch or for a quick chat to get a feel of how they will get along.
Another way of involving employees in the hiring process is through a referral program. It’s a win-win situation: The employee gets rewarded for the referral, and the company gains a quality employee in a more cost-effective manner. The ultimate success of the program lies in its design and implementation.
Ask Questions That Matter
Not all interview questions produce the same results—that is, answers that will help you make sound hiring decisions.
Ask questions such as “Why should we hire you?” “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?” and “Where do you see yourself in x years?” in addition to unexpected questions that no one has seen on Google yet.
Consider these points when formulating interview questions to ask candidates:
- Tailor questions the specifics of the job, particularly the skills and traits necessary to perform the job successfully. Does the job involve handling people? Ask about that time when the applicant was involved in a conflict and able to resolve it.
- Ask off-resume or LinkedIn items to reveal a hidden strength that may be useful at work.
Conduct Background Checks
Employers perform background checks as part of hiring and recruitment. Some checks serve to confirm the accuracy of the documents presented, such as academic credentials and references. Others are used to look into criminal records as deemed reasonable and subject to laws and regulations.
In Canada, for example, businesses can run a quick criminal record check on an applicant that has given their written consent. Companies like Instant Record Check can help with RCMP criminal record checks.
Take Time to Decide
Consider this as the fifth tip.
The competitive job market has applicants doing everything to land a job. As for you, you to use a multifaceted approach, based on what the candidate has offered and presented, to decide to choose the most suitable per
son for the job.
It may take a while for you to give an employment offer. This is also in consideration of the needs of the business, which may have changed since posting the job ad.
As it is, quality is always best in hiring.