How to hire the right staff

Finding capable, fitting staff is essential to any successful business. Hiring the right employee can help increase employee productivity, foster a successful employment relationship, and positively impact your business’s overall culture.

Here are a few key points to focus on when looking for new workers:

Look at skills over experience:
People are more than just their resume. A candidate may have experience but this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be a good fit for your business. Instead, try to match an individual’s skill set with those you need in the role, this can help in determining the best fit. Skills in communication, problem-solving, teamwork and initiative are much harder to teach and may be critical for the job.

Ask the right questions in the interview:
A solid interview process is a window for candidates to see how you approach daily work. Planning time for the company mission, questions you want to ask and questions they would like to ask, reflects on your business style and gives an idea of what it would be like to work for you. With that in mind, thoughtful interview questions can help you separate the desirable from average. Create a plan for what style of questions you will ask and how these questions will differ depending on the role you are hiring for. Having a process in place can help with streamlining the interviewing, making it successful and time efficient.

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 aware of new talent can encourage people to send through their resumes even when there are no openings. Doing so can provide you with a talent pool for when you do need to hire and opportunities to create new roles that can strengthen your business.

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