The process of successfully hiring can be very confusing and frustrating. It is key to take the time to hire the right person for the job. Let’s be honest, who wants to keep hiring to replace bad choices? Don’t panic though because there are many tools out there to ensure successful hiring!
It is important to stay organized throughout the hiring process. There is nothing worse than piles of resumes on your desk or filling up your email. This can easily cause you to oversee potentially perfect candidates. An easy solution to keep organized is by using an applicant tracking system (ATS). With an applicant tracking system, resumes are directly stored in an organized system that allows you to view each candidate’s information. A great way to weave through the selection process is by having each candidate fill out a survey. With an ATS you are able to see not only which candidates filled out the survey, but also who best matches what you are looking for. Sounds easy, right?
Interview Guides and Score Cards
After the selection process has been completed take a deep breath and start interviewing. It is extremely important to stay consistent throughout the entire interviewing process. Consistency is the only way to guarantee that each individual has been assessed properly and you get only the most accurate information. A big way to help stay consistent is by having set interview questions that are asked to each individual and record them as they are answered. This gives you the ability to compare answers and base your selection on ideal responses. It is very likely that you have heard people say, ‘go with your gut’ your entire life. Sorry to say this, but your gut quite possibly might make the wrong choice in hiring. Instead, utilize interview scorecards to score your candidates. Scorecards allow you to put aside your feelings and stay unbiased because they are based on the skill set and potential the candidate has.
Now you have made it to the final step, which is hiring. But before you pull the trigger there are still a few more steps to take before you offer the job. Make sure to check the candidate’s references. It is important to make sure that you are hiring someone who hasn’t had negative work experiences that they could possibly bring into your workplace. It is also imperative you conduct a background check. Finally, go ahead and assess the candidate’s skills through a skills assessment. By doing this you are making sure that you are hiring someone that can perform all the skills that are needed for the job. This gives you some security that you are hiring someone who can perform the job correctly.