One of the biggest things that can make or break your business is your hiring strategy for finding the right employees. Fortunately, there are some basic rules you can follow to attract and hire the right employee for your company every time. Here are four ways to ensure you fill your open positions with the best fits possible.

1. Ask about long-term career goals.

One of the first things you want to determine with any candidate is whether or not they are committed to a career in the field or market of your business. If you see that they have bounced from career to career and they don’t have a good story to back that up, you know there is a red flag from the start.

2. Hire a talent recruitment and management company.

Some companies attract, recruit, andmanage talent all day, every day. By hiring a talent recruitment agency, as well as an executive recruiter, a lot of the worry and hassle of your talent search can be lifted off your shoulders.

3. Test for learning and analytical skills.

There are various methods for assessing learning and analytical skills in the hiring process. This can be tricky because resumes can be untruthful, and the candidate might catch on to the test and tell you what you want to hear. Confidence and knowledge are important, but the best candidate for the job will have the right skills, training, and educational requirements – or a strong willingness to obtain them, if that’s an option.

Teachability, or learnability, is closely related to a candidate’s trainability, potential, and overall cognitive aptitude, which happens to be one of the best indicators of future job success.

4. Consider cultural compatibility.

Finding a good culture fit is a big step toward finding the right employee. Look at their social skills to see if they are compatible with your current employees and customers and if their general style and personality are a fit. You want to be sure that they share common goals with your company and other employees.

If the candidate is currently working, ask about how they managed a confrontational experience at work or ask about their last boss or manager. Judge their eye contact and body language as they tell you about the experience.

5. Continue to improve your hiring process.

Never view your hiring process as something set in stone. It can continually evolve and adapt to new trends, technologies, and talent pool. Here are some ways to keep yourself in check with the effectiveness of your hiring practices.

  • Incorporate panel interviews.
  • Improve and update job descriptions.
  • Pinpoint the goals of the position as they relate to the company.
  • Always define your position and what it means to you.
  • Incorporate talent assessment testing
  • Use social media.
  • Offer surveys evaluating the interview to candidates.
  • Encourage candidates to interview you, too.

You want the hiring process to go as smoothly as possible, for all involved, all of the time. These tips should help you accomplish this, as well as help take some of the stress out of the hiring process.

By Chakraborty

Dr Chakrabarty is the Chief Innovation Officer of IntuiComp TeraScience. Earlier she was Assistant Professor of Delhi University, a QS ranked university in India. Before that she has held research positions in IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai and IISc Bangalore. She holds 2 patents and over 20 research publications in her name which are highly cited. Her area of research is in smart technologies, integrated devices and communications. She also has a penchant for blogging and is an editor of Business Fundas.

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