To Hire or Not to Hire?

One of the most important things you do as a business is hiring employees. It may sound easy. Read a resume, have an interview, and boom! A brand new employee awaits. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and it takes more work to find quality employees who can add to your company’s success. With the unemployment rate at a low 3.6% in January 2020, quality candidates are in the best position as they can choose which companies to join. IntelliSource has years of experience with finding the right hire for a job, and we have a few tips to help your searches.

1. Job Descriptions are Important

One of the first things that potential employees will see is the job description. Your troubles can start here if you don’t have well-defined information about your jobs. Make sure you have the correct info available to avoid the wrong type of candidate applying because you want the right people applying for the role. Keep it specific and as narrow as you can to attract the right candidate. Sometimes, you may hire for a position that doesn’t have a defined job description. In these cases, it is up to you to research the job, the company, and the expectations within that job to develop something you can promote to your candidates. The less information you have on your job description, the more likely you will be to have people apply that don’t match your needs. 

2. Considering Company Culture Fit Along with Skills

It can be easy to be blinded by an extremely skilled candidate. They have everything you want on a technical level and experience level. They seem to be the perfect fit for the role based on their resume and skills. However, consider how the candidate’s personality fits into the rest of your company. Would those candidates be comfortable with your current team and leaders? Every company has a unique culture that they built through the leaders and the tenured employees. If you are a new business, establishing what employees fit your company culture should be one of the first things you determine before hiring. Use the interview process to vet potential candidates socially with questions about how they would approach situations that happen within your culture. Situational interview questions are a staple of recruiting and help to bring out the values and internal roadmaps of a candidate.

3. Onboard and Prepare Your New Employees

Another potential problem comes in the form of onboarding and preparation for new employees into their roles. It can be hard to become adjusted to a new company. Finding your place within it if you have no guidance can be difficult as well. Once you’ve decided to hire, brief your new employees on what to expect for the first few weeks. IntelliSource has worked with several companies who have had issues with onboarding to develop programs to help their new employees with a path for success.

Start with deciding how long the training period is and then create a schedule of progression for the employee. Show them where they are in the onboarding process and give them a sense of accomplishment as they progress in your developed path. However, make sure to ask them along the way, “What can we do better to prepare you”? Listen to their suggestions. Together, you can craft an onboarding program that you can tweak for any position. Having no plan of action will only lead to new employees getting frustrated. It may lead to them leaving your company, causing more hiring issues.

Using these tips, you can help your hiring process to find the right people for your jobs and company culture. Contact IntelliSource today if you need help in creating a unique culture through hiring amazing people.