Hiring the right staff

Finding the right staff is imperative to a successful business. Employees can help you to grow and excel in your business and industry, and shape your business’ overall culture and ethic.

Here are three things to consider when searching for the right people to hire:

Focus on skills more than experience
Probe people beyond their resume. A candidate may have a lot of experience but this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be a good fit for your business. Try to match a candidate’s skill set with the skills you need for the best fit. Skills in communication, problem-solving, teamwork and initiative are much harder to teach and may be critical for the job.

Create a solid interviewing process
A solid interview process acts a blueprint for how you approach interviewing and the hiring process in general. Have a plan for what style of questions will be asked, i.e, behavioural and so on, and how these questions will differ depending on the role you are hiring for. For example, you may have a few standardised questions to gauge the candidate’s fit with your business and the rest of the interview may be tailored to the advertised role. Furthermore, you might choose to follow the same process of checking referees and providing candidates feedback and so forth. Having a process in place helps to streamline interviewing to make it time efficient and maximise your hiring success.

Always be on the lookout for new talent
Great companies are always on the lookout for new talent as they know and value the contributions of their staff to the business. Making it known that your business is always seeking new talent is important as it encourages people to send through their resumes even when there are no openings. This provides two main benefits: you can create a talent pool for when you do need to hire and it can provide you with an opportunity to create a new role to strengthen your business.

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