Nothing is more important than hiring the right people. Every single hiring you do comes with the power to impact the organisation in a big way. Great hires positively affect the work culture and bring new methods to innovate and grow. On the other hand, a single poor hiring decision can take the business to a downward spiral - costing the company on a much bigger level.
All great leaders take the recruitment process very seriously. As soon as they hire the right fit, they get out of their way to not interfere in their work. The great philosopher Dilbert said the two keys to a business success are comprised of 20% of hiring great employees and 80% of leaving them alone so they can do their jobs.
You need to revamp your recruitment process to attract the right talent that takes the company forward.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Look for High Potential Candidates
While interviewing candidates, look for those who promise great potential - someone you can groom and develop in the future. You can easily spot them in a crowd. Such people exhibit confidence and the right set of soft skills from the first second. A high potential candidate is someone who is:
- Adapts to new changes quickly
- Values time
- Takes initiative and challenges
- Hardworking and determined
Hire the right fit for your business and manage other work items seamlessly.
2. Hire for Diversity
It’s natural for managers to look for candidates who share similar values, opinions, background, and consider hiring them over others. However, this unknown bias can rob the organisation from different perspectives and the necessary skills that might yield great results for your business.
Great business minds and leaders understand that it’s important to build a team composing of different personalities, ideas, strengths, and viewpoints. It helps to carry out collaboration in a real sense where different viewpoints are acknowledged and appreciated. Workplace diversity enriches the company culture and enhances the success of global brands and businesses.
3. Character Counts
More than anything, look for individuals with strong character and integrity. People with integrity take their work seriously and doesn’t get involved in unnecessary office politics and back bitching. The moral compass is so strong that they work with unquestionable integrity to do what they should be doing.
Warren Buffett shared valuable advice sometime back when he said, “You’re looking for three things in a person: Intelligence, Energy, and Integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”
4. Involve Multiple Members in the Hiring Process
You don’t have to hire the first candidate that seems promising or meets your basic criteria. The best way to assess his competence is by involving fellow team members in the selection process as well.
Different perspectives can help you gauge the complete picture of a candidate’s personality and skill set. On the other hand, team members would appreciate you for taking their advice on the hiring process and would make them more invested in the company.
5. Use Every Method to Reach Targeted Recruits
Don’t just stick to the usual means of finding the right fit for a role. Use both online and offline methods to reach your target recruits. You have no idea which platform could land you to the best candidate for the job.
Also, give internal candidates a fair consideration as they know the company and its vision much better than an outsider. Whatsoever be the choice, make sure he/she is exceptional for the role.
The takeaway is that once you’ve hired a candidate, give enough space and time so that he can find his feet and get adjusted to the new work environment. Most importantly, trust him - that’s exactly what an employee needs to grow, bloom, and flourish.
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Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. Follow her on Linkedin.
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