Ten Tips for Your Next Great Hire!
It's an exciting thing to see your company grow, but adding a new person to your team can be a stressful process. In small companies a bad hire can be crippling. Not only is hiring a daunting task, it can be time-consuming and costly. Here are 10 tips to help you make your next hire your best hire.
1. Be Clear About the Role - Use keywords to increase the chances of being found by the right talent pool. Within your listing, include day-to-day tasks, how the role fits into your company, goals and any necessary skills (like Photoshop or Excel). Include key information such as salary, benefits and work environment to add life to your job ad.
2. Showcase Your Company - Make sure you share how awesome your company is. A little insight into your company can pique interest, and helps you build a relationship with the right candidates from the start.
3. Always Be Hiring - Or, at least be thinking of it. Look at everyone you meet as a potential hire: would they fit the company well? Even if you don't have a vacancy today, you could be chatting with your future Marketing Manager or Accountant.
4. Don't Settle - It might take a little more work, but your next great hire is out there. Don't forget that skills can be learned. If you interview a candidate who's not proficient in Excel, but has a great personality, a lot of drive, and really gels with your team - you've got yourself a winner.
5. Offer Flexibility - Flexibility is a huge selling point for job seekers today. It turns out, we don't want the 9 to 5 lifestyle our parents had. Forty-two per cent of working adults said they were willing to take a pay cut for more flexibility in their work schedule.
6. Find Their Watering Hole - If you want top talent in a particular field, find out where they are and go to their hangouts - online, and off. There's no greater way to meet a wealth of incredible talent than immersing yourself in the pool.
7. Make Hiring a Team Sport - When you can promote from within, do so - but sometimes you need a fresh perspective and a new skillset. In such cases, enlist the help of your team to bring in the best candidates for the job.
8. Woo Your Candidate - If you think it's the candidate's job to impress you, you're sadly mistaken. Chances are that top talent you're trying to find has his or her eye on some other great companies, so it's time to step up and prove that your company is the best fit for them.
9. Try Before You Buy - It costs a lot to hire someone, but it's far more expensive to replace that same person when you find out he/she wasn't quite right after all. Before committing to a candidate, it's not a bad idea (for both parties) to test the waters a little. In some cases, a short-term contract (possibly through a staffing service) may work well.
10. Don't Forget To Onboard - One gigantic mistake that companies make is neglecting to properly onboard new staff. Help smooth the transition from candidate to employee by getting to know your new hire and have a little fun.