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Hire The Right Employees With These 5 Tips


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Hiring the right employees can be a critical factor in the success or demise of your business. But finding the right person for the job can be a stressful, time-consuming experience – sometimes you wonder if it would be easier to just take a gamble on the first seemingly qualified candidate that comes by. So how can you find the people you need without all of the stress? Here are a few things you should bear in mind throughout the hiring and interview process to help you make the best possible hire.

1. Narrow Your Search

Recruitment can be a really messy process and there are many different ways to streamline it. Some businesses prefer to list vacancies and opportunities themselves through public job search websites, but the responses are wildly varied and it can be hard to narrow down the candidates. Going through a proven recruitment company like Smart Worker will help you find ideal candidates and get them in for an interview far more efficiently.

2. Look For Commitment

Anyone who is committed to building their career is a person you want on your team. People with long resumes filled with short stints at other companies, jumping ship every six months for the promise of a higher salary, are not worth your time regardless of their skill level. A career-focused person tends to be a loyal person and this stability will lead to a long and fruitful business relationship.

3. Check For Compatibility

An employee who is a great fit for your particular company culture is essential. If a candidate possesses the social skills to start developing relationships with co-workers and management alike, they will be a vital asset and key to making your office a fun and enjoyable place to work. They must have a willingness to compromise and work cooperatively with others, so if their relations with current business partners or clients are strained then look elsewhere.

4. Ask Better Questions

Your interview process is a time when you can dig in and find out quite a lot about a given candidate, but it can often get bogged down in minutia or questions that make the candidate uncomfortable. Asking hard questions is fine, but ask too many and the candidate might think the job isn’t worth all the effort. Bring others in on the hiring process as other opinions might give you food for thought.

5. Check Social Media

As mentioned, getting too personal in an interview may cause a communication breakdown. Many employers are able to get a better idea of who a given candidate is as a person by checking out their social media presence. Some may be crafty and have their privacy settings maxed out, but others may be fine with leaving their accounts public. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all excellent places to start.

These are just a few of the ways you can increase the chances that you’ll hire the right employees when the time comes. There are so many other considerations but these are key. What are your biggest considerations when looking at candidates?

How to Stand Out at Interview Time

The dreaded job interview. I can hear your pulse racing already, and honestly, I don’t blame you. I used to be terrified of interviews, whether they be first, second or third, the open-ended question fiesta climbed under my skin a millisecond after excited adrenaline left my system and opportunity turned to despair. Great, now I have a chance to make an idiot of myself in front of people who don’t even know me, I’d berate myself, following with a reminder of my modest skill set. If you can’t tell already, humanity serves itself with a very critical dose of internal cynicism every time something good happens, acting as a curb to any chance of an ego boost. So how do you survive it? You don’t – You take that interview by the horns and thrive, scoring the role you’ve always wanted and instant kudos to boot. Want to know how? Read on.

The Extra Mile – Walk Right This Way

Are you sick of sayings like, go the extra mile, be bold and different, you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit? Yeah, me too. Every single one of these demands the reader stand out from the crowd without illuminating the how or the why. The latter is actually quite simple. Imagine you’re a HR manager or employer scheduling interview – your morning starts with a cup of coffee and a pile of CV’s, some badly written, others not so much, considering what you’re looking for before the first one walks through the door. You can’t remember their name. The clothes are bland, their answers are boring and perfectly crafted to match their CV. You go through twenty of these per day, for a week, with very few asking anything more about the role, the company or what you’re looking for. When asked if they have any questions, most just blankly smile and shake their heads, exhausted by the whole process of being so perfect a skin-made automaton would have performed just as well. Why stand out? Because you will be remembered, appreciated and quite possibly welcomed back for a second interview with open arms.

Dazzle Them With Bewilderment

How? Ah, that’s a difficult question and the answer changes from person to person. A good stop-gap for absolutely everyone is research, research, research. Yes, I’ve repeated the word three times but preparation is essential if you come to question time; you never want to be THAT person who has nothing to say. Delve into the company history, the department you may be working for and the position criteria, formulating three hard hitting questions that really get to crux of the culture, the role and your adopted company. Know who you’re working for and don’t be afraid to show them you have a voice.

Be…Professional? Logical? Ineffable? Cool? Nope, Just Be Yourself

Nobody wants to hire a robot. Showing your human side and owning your nerves (a quick joke for example about your feelings lets the other side know where your heads at) will help you to banish them as the interview progresses. If you’re interviewing at agencies like Randstad in Melbourne, you’d be expected to be a little bit funky but clothed professionally, letting your personality shine through as your greatest asset. I think this is true everywhere else, though some roles may require you to temper little eccentricities and pull them back a bit. If you don’t feel comfortable in the office or culture after the second interview, cut your losses and seek another opportunity. You spend a lot of time in the office, life shouldn’t be an impromptu stage production where you never know the lines.
How do you feel about the infamous job interview? What mechanisms have you developed to get you through or better yet, score an awesome job.
Blog post by: Jessica Hannah