In many businesses the most important asset is the employees going through the doors every day. These individuals impact your business in many ways with their actions and decisions. As leader the owner controls one of the most important decisions for the organization and the hiring process can be critical to the overall success achieved.
Here are a few pointers to consider when hiring:
1. Develop a precise plan
Identify the key skills a candidate must have to succeed. Also define the important attitudes that enable the candidate to excel at the job. Stick to the plan.
2. Be diligent in selecting a candidate
A thorough interview process is important in choosing top candidates. This is particularly important with senior management positions. Take the time to test for qualifications; a vague, wandering conversation of informal questioning will at best be a hit and miss approach. Results will be equally inconsistent.
3. Share the Process
To improve results, involve others to gain a different perspective. Choose peers that the candidate would work with and perhaps even involve key customers if you enjoy their confidence. These contacts will bring additional insights into the personality and style of the candidate and add a point of view of the person’s ability to integrate into the organization.
The more perspectives you bring to the process the greater the chance of success in hiring great people in the organization.
I hope these few tips are of value as you grow your organization. Please let me know your thoughts. Gerry@polarisgroupmc.com