How To Hire The Best Employee
How to hire the best employee the first time
Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘management would be easy if it weren’t for all the people?’ One of the hardest parts of running a business, or managing a department, is dealing with the employees. Your first line of defense in this area is in the recruitment process.
Every time you have to replace an employee it costs approximately 3-months of that person’s salary. It also puts added strain on you and the rest of your team.
Here are some of the important steps to follow throughout the recruitment process:
- Know who you are as a company
This is a step that is often overlooked. When hiring, companies can be in such a rush to get someone into the position that they forget to think about who they are as a whole. It’s vital that the person you are hiring is a good match with your business values.
- Know who you are as a manager/business owner
Another important step is ensuring that the new hire can work with you. It’s a simple fact that not everyone is well suited to work together. If you are the type of manager who is not the best at organizing, you might want to hire somebody who is highly organized and can help in that area. If you are straightforward, you will want to ensure that the person you hire understands that and can handle that type of managerial style and won’t get offended if you’re a bit blunt.
- Get clear on what you require in the role you are recruiting for
What do you need this person to do? What skills do they require to do it? Can those skills be learned on the job or do they need prior experience or education? Again here you want to include things like organizational skills or creativity if they are important to what you are looking for.
- Post the job and let others know you are looking for someone new
I often see companies overlooking this step as well. They meet someone who is looking for a job and they hire them right away, instead of putting their feelers out to see who else is out there. Nothing should be done from a place of desperation. You don’t want to rely solely on word of mouth. It’s important that the right people see that you’re hiring and that often means getting the word out, outside of your circle. If money is a concern there are tons of free job boards online.
- Review resumes
This can be a very quick step depending on how many people apply. If you have considered what you want this is a quick way to weed out those who don’t have the basic skills required for the job.
This is an import step, this is where you find out if the person you are talking to is a match for everything you came up with in steps 1-3. It’s important that you ask questions about fit, as much as asking questions about skills for the position. My favorite way to do this is by asking behavioral questions. For example, ask the interviewee to tell you about a time when they needed to deal with a situation similar to something that may arise in the job. This gives you an idea of how the person acted or reacted in the past, and how they are likely to act in the future. Remember, a good interview takes at least an hour.
- Get a contract signed with a probation period
You can do all the pre-work in the world, but sometimes people aren’t honest about who they are and you hire someone who doesn’t fit. This is when you want to be sure that you have a probation period included in their contract. It’s easier to deal with a person who doesn’t fit in the probation period than have to go through all the steps to terminate them.
If you are a manager or business owner, there’s a good chance that you’ve invested a great deal of time, money and energy into your company, so it’s natural to want the absolute best for it. Sometimes finding the best employee takes a bit of time, but it’s worth it in the end. Don’t let a short-sighted decision give you long term pains. Follow these steps and make sure you hire the right employee to help your company fulfill the vision you had for it all along.