4 Tips to Strategically Hire for Businesses.
Ever had a boss that was the NICEST person ever but had no idea what the hell they were doing? You probably stuck around as long as you could for THEM. But eventually, that connection wasn't enough to keep you. The long days, inefficient operations, and lack of communication were too much. Don't end up being that person.
ʏᴏᴜ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ꜱᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢɪᴄ ʜɪʀɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇꜱꜱ.
Whether you're a 10th team member or your first, you must have a hiring process that truly works for you and your business's needs. Because 300 comments and 98 emailed resumes later from your random job post online, you'll still be stumped and without the support you need.
This process can seem overwhelming, and like you are never going to find the perfect fit for your business, do not fear!
I have put together four helpful tips to improve your hiring process (and save yourself the headache).
1. Sit down and get clear on what you need help with.
Before you do anything related to hiring, sit down and think about what role(s) you need to fill. Take some time to analyze the areas where you could use the most helpful to have more control over your schedule. It's easy to rush and hire the wrong person when you feel overwhelmed and at capacity, but hiring the first person that says they can help tends to not give you the results you need.
2. Define the role a new team member will play once you hire them.
When you're ready to post job applications, ensure you are extremely clear in the skills required for this position. Lay out the day-to-day operations so candidates can get a glimpse of your working environment. It is essential to be honest, and upfront when creating your application because it will give a good understanding of your expectations. This will also give your candidates enough information for them to decide if they would be a good fit for you which will help you weed out unqualified or uninterested applicants.
3. Get to know your candidate during the interview
When making a hire, they must be both qualified for the role and fit into your company's culture. This can help you understand their thought process and projects they've worked on in the past and allow you to glimpse into who they are and what they have to offer. The interview should be a time to learn more about their previous work experience, not asking them to go over their resume information. Ask them questions like what do they like in a leader, what role(s) do they tend to play on teams. Don't be afraid to try and get to know your applicants and give them a chance to get to know you as well.
4️. Create test projects to evaluate skillset.
Either on your application or during an interview, it is essential to create test projects for candidates to complete. This gives you a way to see their work firsthand and determine if they fit the role. This step can save you a lot of time down the road. You may love a specific candidate, but you two have entirely different styles when it comes down to it. These test projects allow you to preview someone's work which can help you narrow down or choose the best hire for you. Overall, you want clarity when hiring so you can set your team up for success, and that's the goal, right?! Success, not stress.
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