Interviewing and hiring may seem simple, but the process requires preparation and forethought. You must be prepared when putting out an ad. You will receive many applications and not all resumes will be honest or accurate. With all this you will also be under pressure to fill the open position and get on with business.
Here are 5 secrets to making a great hire.
1. Be clear what you are looking for in your ad. Be specific with duties and expectations listed. But most of all, understand that you probably won’t be able to find someone who has all the skills and experience you want.
2. Have a list of questions printed out before the interview. This will keep you on point and establishes professionalism. It is important to go over the job title and duties, and your expectations, in the initial interview.
3. Let each candidate know that whomever you hire will get a thirty-day trial period. I have had too many people tell me they can do a job that they simply cannot do. Telling them there is a trial period tends to keep them more honest with their assessment of their own abilities.
4. Conduct all the interviews over one or two days. This makes it easier to compare candidates. If the hiring is prolonged, you may lose a good early candidate or be more tempted to go with one you interviewed most recently.
5. I cannot stress this next point enough: Do not hire anyone the day you interview him or her, if at all possible. I do recognize that some positions just need to be filled with a warm body, but if it is more than this, sleep on it. I cannot tell you how many times my mind has changed with a night’s rest.
I said this earlier but it bears repeating. Never, ever, ask interviewees their age, marital status, parenting status, religion or political views, as this opens you up for discrimination issues. But you should get a sense of the potential hire’s attitudes towards work and customer service. ”What would you do if…?” questions can get this information without asking inappropriate questions. For example, Steve Bell, owner of Pacific Cabinets, says. “If people have the same core values that we have—if they have a great attitude…if they have the ability to learn—then we can hire them and teach them anything they need to know in the business.”*
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