How to Improve Your Hiring Process

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Your company is only as good as the people in it. You might have the best ideas, and a stellar plan for executing those ideas, but if your employees are substandard, then there’s only so far that you’ll be able to go. While motivation and a positive culture will bring the best out of your staff, it all begins with your hiring process. If this is watertight, then you’ll be increasing your chances of only bringing the best employees on board. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested pieces of advice, which will help to improve your hiring process. 

Define What You’re Looking For

Many companies make a mistake before they’ve even taken the first step: they don’t know what they’re looking for, or, rather, they have too narrow a definition of what they’re looking for. It’s best to have a skill set, rather than a person who can do one specific task. The job that you’re looking to fill is going to change and adapt over the coming months, and if you’ve only thought of how your hire can do that one job, then you might find that you have a skills problem in the not too distant future. 

Upgraded Job Ads

Do you find that most of your applications come from low-quality candidates? If so, you’ll want to take a look at your job advertisement copy — it is likely that the problem lies there. Many companies publish uninspiring job posts. They’re full of requirements, both in terms of education and experience, and don’t say much about what the company can do for the employee. The best talent knows how good they are; they don’t want to jump through hoops to prove it if they don’t even know what awaits them on the other side. Have your standards, sure, but sell your company, too. Why would the best talent want to work for you?

Modern Technology

There’s no getting around the fact that hiring an employee can be a long and laborious process. As such, it’s important that you’re making things as easy for yourself as possible. This is where technology can come into help: you use tech to simplify other areas of your business operations, why not use it to improve your hiring, too? There’s software that can help you to screen candidates, perform a live video interview, and to make the process more efficient. Look at integrating these solutions into your company, and bring your hiring process into the modern age.

Deeper Research

Are you just taking the candidate’s word that they’re all they’re cracked up to be? That might be the case, or it might not — and if it’s the latter, then you’ll be left with an expensive mistake on your hands. If you’re going to bring someone into your business, then you’ll need to ensure that they’re the right choice. Dig a little deeper and check their references and criminal background, and you can have peace of mind that they’re the right choice. 

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