Hiring is an important part of your business. Whether you’re hiring someone right out of high school, someone with years of experience, or someone in between, you’re taking on a significant risk. 

You’re bringing another person onto your team. You’re trusting them to get the job done. And, if they don’t, you’re the one who’s going to have to deal with it.

So, hiring the right person is incredibly important to you. And, when you’re hiring, you need to make sure that you’re not hiring just anyone. You need to make sure that you’re hiring the right person.

When you do hire the right person, you’ll be able to trust them to get the job done. You’ll be able to trust them to work with your team and to get the job done. You’ll be able to trust them to follow your company’s culture. And, when you trust them, you’ll be able to give them more responsibilities and trust them to get those responsibilities done, too.

Hiring the right person is more than just a hire and a job. It’s the start of a relationship. If you treat the hiring process right, you’ll end up with a long-term employee who will help you to achieve your goals.

You can achieve this by following these tips as you go through the hiring process:

Write Great Job Descriptions

When you’re hiring, your job descriptions are important. 

They’re the first thing that candidates are going to see when they apply for your job. 

They’re the first impression you’re giving them, the first way that you’re communicating who you are and what you’re looking for. And they’re going to shape whether the right candidates apply to work for you.

Your job descriptions should be well-written. And, they should match your company’s culture. 

They should also include the skills and the qualifications that you’re looking for.

Most importantly, they need to inspire the right people to apply, and discourage those that aren’t.

So make sure you’re taking time over these descriptions and they exactly match what you’re hiring for. Otherwise it’s easy to attract, and even hire, the wrong person.

Hire with Objective Tests

Objective tests help you to make sure that the candidate is a good fit for the role. They also help you to make sure that the candidate has the right skills. And, when they’re a good fit and have the right skills, they’re more likely to be successful.

Design a series of tests for each role you’re hiring for based on what the person would be doing day to day. They don’t have to be big tasks, but they do need to be more than routine. Tasks that need critical thinking or force the person to make a decision on their own. 

You’ll very quickly get a sense of which candidates make decisions and judgements that support your business, and those that don’t.

Ask the Right Questions

The right questions can help you to hire the right person.

But, you also need to ask them in the right way. 

Ask questions that are going to really show who the candidate is. That are going to give you details, not just a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

Don’t just ask whether a candidate has performed a given task before. Ask them about HOW and WHY they performed that task. What obstacles they had to overcome, what the outcomes was. 

You can ask questions about their previous or current work. 

You can ask questions about their hopes and aspirations. 

But the better your questions, the better your ability to select the right candidates will be.

Hire for Fit

When you hire for fit, you’re making sure that the candidate is a good fit for your company’s culture. 

If a candidate isn’t a fit for your company, they’re not going to be happy. And, if they’re not happy, they’re not going to do the job right. 

Can they work with the rest of your team? Do they have the skills that you need for the job? Will they be a good fit for the culture of your company? 

These are all questions that you need to ask yourself and consider as you’re making a hiring decision. 

When you focus on fit, you’re hiring the right person. 

 

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