I have just received notice from one of my employees that he will be resigning from his position in 2 weeks. What tips can you offer that will help me make sure I am making the right hire to fill the opening in our team?
Hi, Hoping to Hire Smart:
Thank you for the question. At one point or another, all managers or supervisors are faced with the challenge of selecting and hiring a new employee. Once you have spent hours sifting through résumés and applications to weed out the definite “no” candidates, it is time to begin contacting the promising ones to schedule an interview.
The information gathered during the interview provides the strongest insight into whether or not hiring this person is a smart decision. Not only do you need to look at the candidate’s professional experience, but you also need to take into consideration whether or not this person meshes well with your company’s culture and current team dynamics.
One bad hire can throw a wrench into your well-oiled machine, so take note of the following:
- Understand that making the right hire is not a race. Take the time you need to find a candidate that best suits the position and your company culture. Don’t let pressure or the copout of “I had no other options” be the reason you make a hiring mistake.
- Utilize behavioral interviewing techniques. Ask questions that require honest, on-the-spot answers, not carefully rehearsed responses.
- Before the interview, carefully review the candidate’s résumé and be prepared with questions that will provide insight into past, present, and future performance.
- Test the skills of the candidate. Just because they listed them on their résumé doesn’t mean they can actual do them.
- Talk to your team to get a feeling of what they want in a new hire.
- Ask for and check references. Explain the job description the candidate is applying for and how well this person would perform in the role.
- Be honest with yourself about your selection and interviewing skills. If you are not confident that you can make the perfect hire, contact a professional staffing agency like Select Staffing. They take the worry and hard work out of finding your next employee. With their skill evaluation tools and strict screening process, you can be sure that the bad apples stay away from your basket.
Here is great video from Microsoft Small Business about the importance of hiring the right people.
I hope this information helps you make the best hire for your open position!
Readers, what do you think is the reason why bad hires happen and what do you do to avoid them?