Employee is the Most Valuable Asset… How To Hire The Right Talent?
Ask any Entrepreneur or HR what their most challenging task is and the usual answer is “hire the right talent”. It’s understandable though, hiring one wrong employee can literally spoil the bunch and prove costly in terms of money and productivity.
On the other hand, if you hire the right talent, the rewards are worth the effort, be it in terms of productivity, work environment, project goals, long-term goals etc. It is the perfect investment.
This all-important task can do with some valuable insights from leaders don’t you think? Here is a compilation of ideas on ways to hire the right employee.
Have a plan for the whole process
The first step in strategizing is to have a complete list of requirements or demands of the position you are hiring for. This can be got by doing a thorough job analysis.
The job description assists you in formulizing a structured plan so that no hasty decisions are made and both sides benefit.
The planning can involve key employees who are involved in the hiring and the hiring manager. Once the planning is done, it can be executed to perfection step by step.
Get the candidate hooked on the job
The idea is to treat the applicants like customers by actually getting them interested in the job so that they open up. Take them on a tour if you have to. It helps in identifying their attitude and personal traits. It also helps to determine if they appreciate the working of the organization and the people.
Get creative, avoid clichés
It is general knowledge that every candidate would prepare for standard questions. The answers may seem genuine and the references will pan out. But the true nature of the candidate can be seen only during stressful times. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about conducting stress interviews. It’s actually the opposite.
Make small talk and find ways to truly understand the candidate. Put him in real situations, albeit virtually, and analyze their true nature.
Catch them off guard
“I think if someone is self-aware, then they can always continue to grow. If they’re not self-aware, I think it’s harder for them to evolve or adapt beyond who they already are”—Tony Hsieh, the C.E.O. of Zappos.
The goal is to determine the positives and negatives without having to ask the standard set of questions.
For example, what qualities do you like in your parents? This question is a workaround for simply asking “what are your best qualities?” We are after all our parents’ children.
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Author: Sanjana Murali
I write about Customer Success, Videos in Education, Optimization & Marketing. When the ‘creative’ muse turns down on me, you can find me with a book.