For many positions, it’s not hard to
find qualified candidates.
The challenge is finding people
who truly FIT into your
Here are 9 steps to help
you find talent that fits.
For many positions, it’s not hard
to find qualified candidates, but
finding people who truly fit can
be a lot tougher. Make sure your
applicant tracking system offers
free distribution channels for
your job advertisements.
1. Find a good selection.
Hiring interns and summer students is a great way to find
talent. It also helps the community by giving young people
2. Try them on for size.
3. Measure accurately
Not all assessments are predictive, but the best ones are. Whether it is a
questionnaire or a work simulation, accurate assessments can help both
you and the candidate understand if the job is a good fit.
The secret of my success is that
we have gone to exceptional lengths
to hire the best people in the world."
The key for us, number one, has
always been hiring very smart
4. Talk the talk…honestly.
Don’t be afraid to give realistic job previews.
…So new hires can really walk the walk.
Giving candidates an honest view of what the job is
like allows them to figure out if it is the right fit for
them. And to start out with realistic expectations.
Use social media to foster
sharing among job seekers.
They may have friends that
would be the ideal fit for
5. Get social with it.
6. Bring the whole team in on it.
Let the team help interview candidates. Different people see different things. Peers
will have insights that managers totally miss. Not only will you get a better fit,
you’ll get the whole team standing behind the hiring decision.
Maybe add a teaser for the next section . . .
What are you really offering? Is it the chance to accomplish
something worthwhile, a place of learning, an opportunity
for comradeship, or a good work-life balance?
If you know your deep value proposition, you can attract
qualified candidates who are heading in the same direction.
7. Figure out what moves people.
8. Invest in quality.
A poor or mediocre hire can
be a drag on the
organization for years.
Investing in a solid applicant
tracking software system
will yield a rich return by
helping the organization
hire better people.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a
professional to do the job, wait until
you hire an amateur."
If the shoe fits,
9. Be willing to flex the job to fit the person.
If a sales clerk is great with people, but bad with numbers, don’t put them on
cash. There are many ways to flex a job to fit the right person. And it is the smart
way to get the best from your people.
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