The Right Hire May Not Always be the Obvious One. How do You Know?

Hiring the right person for the job has never been more important. Even in the time of Covid-19, hiring people with the skills your business needs is a challenge. Making the wrong decision can cost a lot of time and money, not to mention the loss of productivity, which cannot be recovered.

So, how do you make sure you’ve got the right person? Here are some ways to decide.

1. How do the person’s career goals align with the company?

Where does the candidate see himself or herself down the road, and is that what you see for them? Is it an ambition you can accommodate, or want to accommodate? Based on the job description, how do you see the job evolving, and does this fit with the goals of the candidate?

2. Check references

This is about more than just checking employment history. It’s also about learning what the candidates are like, their work ethic, how they work with others, whether they have the traits you are looking for. One key question to ask that will tell you a lot about the candidate is, “Would you hire this person again?”

3. Assess beyond the interview

Some candidates are great interviewers, but the interview itself still may not provide a true picture of the person’s personality and skills. In addition to the interview, it may help to administer a personality test or some type of skills evaluation to get a better overall picture.

4. Have them meet and greet

To get a better idea if the candidate will be a good fit, have them spend some time with other employees in different work situations. This will enable you to see how they interact with others and whether they will fit in with the other employees. Plus, you can get feedback from the other workers on the candidate.

5. Work with them

As part of the hiring process, many companies have the candidate perform some kind of task or project that simulates working conditions. This helps you to get a better idea of the person’s work style.

6. Make sure they fit with the culture

You know what your company culture is like, what defines it. Does the candidate have the type of personality that will fit in with the culture?

7. Have clear expectations
Sometimes hiring managers will try to paint a picture of the job that is more attractive than the reality. This is a mistake. If you want to make sure you get the right person for the job, people need to know exactly what the job entails, the good and the bad, and what challenges they will face.

This also gives candidates the information they need to decide for themselves if they would be a good fit.
If your company is looking for top-flight employees, Opti Staffing can help you. We will work closely with you to learn about your company, its culture and its needs, so we can provide you with people who will be a good fit, people who will make an impact and stay with the company. Give us a call today