Hiring new employees can be a mundane and even daunting task. From not knowing where to look, who to look for or having too many qualified applicants, it’s going to be a process one way or another. In this article we’re going to go through some quick tips to look out for that could prove useful to new hires and refined employers alike.
First let’s cover where to look, which can be a challenge in and of itself. If you’re looking for entry level hires or interns and your business is located near any colleges, that would be a great place to start looking. See if you can get in contact with any club or extracurricular group that pertains to the field you’re in to let them know your business is hiring – these groups are typically full of eager young people looking to get their foot in the door. If there isn’t a college near you or if this method isn’t what you’re looking to do, then another great way to connect with people in or around your field is by looking on LinkedIn. This site is great for networking as it tells you exactly what company or industry any given user is in and any pertinent credentials listed on their profile page. Think of LinkedIn like Facebook for business professionals and utilize it accordingly. In the same train of thought, most of the “job seeking” sites (Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder, etc) have been refined over the years and many people find them to be pretty feasible ways of finding employees. Also, keep in mind that in many cases it’s a good idea to look for future employees before you even need them. It’s always good to have people in mind, even if they’re working for someone else. You never know when one of your employees will leave for another company and you don’t want to be put in a situation where you’re stuck with someone filling their spot that either lacks the level of skill or isn’t a good fit in the context of your business’s culture.
Now you’ve got some qualified candidates and it’s time to set up interviews to learn more about them and to see if they fit your companies culture. While going over the resumes, remember that almost everyone will exaggerate to some degree or another, whether it’s from an entry level applicant or an experienced professional. With that being said, we shouldn’t completely disregard the contents of a resume, but rather take certain aspects with a grain of salt. Any past references or employers should be verified as well as the education claimed. Needless to say anyone who is found to be exaggerating too liberally or flat-out lying about either of these categories should definitely be cut from the list. Now, once you’re sitting across from your applicant, go over the contents of the resume and ask them questions regarding their plans for the near and far future, maybe even things they’re interested in outside the workplace if appropriate. It’s also generally a good idea to have another colleague with you as a co-interviewer so that you can both riff off of each other and potentially arrive at more interesting or pertinent questions. Take note of any body language or mannerisms that stick out to you, either in a good way or bad – remember you’re trying to get a feel for how this person thinks and works so analyzation is essentially the guiding factor of this entire encounter. Don’t be afraid to engage with them casually to see how they react as well, because remember you will have to share an office with them everyday!
Don’t forget to check out our ‘Success Checklist for Hiring Great Staff’ if you need additional guidance.