10 WAYS TO HELP YOU HIRE THE RIGHT PERSON
- Eliminate all candidates immediately with spelling or grammatical errors on their brand pitch (the resume / CV). This indicates a poor level of attention to detail and pride in their performance and a poor understanding of the importance of their potential employee brand
- Hire on Character, Desire, Passion and Hunger: Develop skills through training NOT on qualifications and technical ability.
- Prepare yourself if you are interviewing potential candidates, don’t wing it…
- Understand that recruitment agencies primary goal is to place someone, anyone? For a price they are not headhunters or paid to find the right fit they collate a bunch of candidate’s and hope one of them works.
- Have a test: Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb, was as weird as you might expect from a man who spent his life inventing: So he would offer the candidate a bowl of soup, yes I know but you can make up your own version: why you might ask? Well, Edison watched whether they would add salt or pepper – If they did add salt or pepper, Edison would rule the candidate out from the job. Why? It is because Edison believed that the candidate had made an assumption about the taste of the soup and assumptions tend to stifle innovation. This is not too dissimilar from many of the tests that organisations require us to do today.
- Don’t be afraid to put the candidate on the spot ask tough questions, if you don’t know how to do this, training in this area will save you lots of money.
- Ask the tough questions first:
a. What do you know about our company, what do we do, what are our financials, how can you add value, which of our values are you least comfortable with?
b. This will remove many straight away, as they will not have prepared, time is important…
- Only hire staff that meet your requirements and fit the team, the values and the organisation: don’t sell yourself short!
- Recruitment should take place on the basis needs are fulfilled not because a hole exists.
- Bonuses and pay rises and advances are given based on exceptional performance only – This means meeting the organisations criteria for core competencies above a satisfactory standard, NOT: for just doing your job, if you need more information on how these competencies are and should be measured you know what to do.
Anyone you hire is essentially an escalating Fixed Cost, be wary…
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