5 tips to assist you to hire the top talent


Acquiring the right employee is contingent on the level of skills, cultural fit and ability to be a team player. A bad hire is a high cost and there is also potential damage to your organisation’s reputation and employee morale. To help you avoid a significant loss of time, money, and resources, here are the top tips to stop you from hiring the bad seed.


1. Make a great first impression
The candidate is interviewing the organisation as much as the organisation is interviewing them so it’s important to make a great first impression. Make sure reception is expecting the candidate and they know their name. You want to treat the candidate as a client and make them feel important. Don’t make the candidate wait 20 minutes or so, you want illustrate you respect their time and they are not irrelevant.


2. Don’t place all the emphasis on the interview
Interview stars can make a favourable first impression but their performance fizzles after the interview. For an interview to be effective, you need know what the job really entails, and what you are after in the ideal candidate. Then you can ask probing questions to find out how they would handle situations or what their actual experience is. Look beyond the normal questions and endeavour to clarify who the candidate actually is.


3. Listen instead of talking
When an employer opens the interview with an in-depth discussion of the job and business, it’s easier for a candidate to develop desired responses. By letting candidates do more of the talking and by asking targeted questions, you gain insights into their behaviours, attitude, and personality. The interview is a two-way process, so make sure you let them have time to ask questions too.


4. Highlight culture
A person can look perfect on paper and seem to be the ideal candidate but if they don’t fit with your organisation’s culture, they will do more damage than good. You want to find out:

  • How they interact with workmates, clients, and customers?
  • Will they be too casual or too formal?
  • Will they be able to work at an appropriate pace?
  • Will they feel comfortable in the work environment?


5. Have a structured hiring process, including hiring policy
By creating and establishing a structured hiring process, you can ensure all individuals are completing the same steps and providing the same information to alleviate unfair advantage/disadvantage. This provides deep insights and clarity into potential candidates with a clear understanding of competencies required in the position. Having random and arbitrary efforts lead to random results and this is what you want to avoid. Be concise with your hiring intentions as it could be the difference between a great hire and a financial gamble.


By implementing the top tips into your procedures, you can obtain more information for your hiring decisions and hire right the first time. Organisations who find the right candidates are looking for specific behaviours and contributions necessary to deliver the results they are seeking.

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