Undoubtedly of the most important parts of building a great business is choosing the right people to represent your company. Great employees can be hard to find, but when acquired can help you take your business to the next level.
Amy McWaters, COO of Kangaroo Island based hamper supplier, The Hamper Emporium, shares her tips on how to hire the right people.
Have a clear recruitment strategy
All good businesses, regardless of whether they are actively hiring, should have a clear recruitment strategy in place.
In order to build a strategy, hiring managers should hold a recruitment planning meeting where the hiring team can discuss the ins and outs of the process, what has worked in the past, and where improvements can be made.
Also consider the employees you currently have; what did they do in the interview that lead you to believe they were the right person to hire?
Write better job descriptions
A common problem in the work place with employee performance can often stem from the worker being unclear of their role, resulting in sub-par work and unfulfilled responsibilities.
A great way to do this is to conduct a job analysis to collect information about the duties, responsibilities and skills needed for the job. Once you have established what the role involves, you can start to develop a detailed job description for advertisements.
Hold multiple interviews
With your candidates now shortlisted, it’s time to begin the interview process.
An interview is the most crucial part of the hiring process and is the defining moment to see if your candidates live up to their impressive resumes.
The interview process can sometimes be overwhelming, so there’s no need to rush into hiring someone straight after the interview. Bring back the standout interviewees for a second or even third interview to be confident in your choice.
Ask the right questions
As the interviewer, it is your responsibility to ask good questions to ensure you’re getting the right information from the candidate.
As an employer, think about what you really want to know about your candidate and the types of questions you may need to ask to learn that information.
There’s no shame in doing a quick google search for inspiration, or even doing mock interviews with current employees as a form of practice.