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How To Hire The Right People

September 4 2019 - Hiring employees is a big step for any business and no matter whether you are choosing your first hire or you've done this many times before, finding the right person is essential. It costs a lot to hunt for employees, and it would cost even more if you found you had hired someone who just wasn’t suitable for the job. Here are some things to consider when you are hiring to ensure you get the right people into the right positions, saving you time and money and moving your business forward too.

Know What You're Looking For

Before you can possibly hire any staff, you need to know what your business needs in terms of employees, and what skills and attributes you are looking for. If you don't know this, even if you do know what role you need to be filled, it will be much harder than it needs to be to find the right person.

This can, of course, be a difficult thing to determine; your business is unique and will need a variety of different talents within it. If you’re unsure, it's always wise to speak to the professionals at Hunter Adams HR who can work with you to determine what it is you are looking for, and most importantly, who you are looking for.

When you know what you are looking for, you can be more sure of finding the right person when it comes to reading through resumes and conducting interviews.

Advertise Widely

Although it may cost less to advertise in just one or two places, this will give you a limited pool to choose from when it comes to candidates. It is far better to advertise widely, across lots of different media, and in many different places as this way you stand more chance of the right people seeing your ad.

This does not have to cost you a lot of money. In some cases, such as when using social media, it can be done for free, and in order to get your message spread wide, you can use hashtags so that it gets noticed. Regarding the ad itself, it should be both engaging and informative. The more interesting the ad, the more likely people are to share it and let their friends (who could be exactly who you are looking for) know. The more informative, the more chance of the right people applying.

Give Assessments

Reading a resume is going to be the first step, and, once you have narrowed down your shortlist, conducting interviews will be the next. However, depending on the role you are hiring for, this might not be enough, and this is especially true if you are hiring for a technical role that requires specialist knowledge.

This is why asking employees to take a test or carry out an assessment so you can see where their skills really lie and how much they know when it comes to carrying out the job at hand is important. You wouldn't want to hire someone because they interviewed well only to discover that they didn't really know what to do.


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