Receiving an unexpected resignation letter is a big hit, not only to you but for the company too. Losing an employee who is a productive and trusted team member is hard to replace and means the start of a tedious, uncertain recruitment process.
Choosing a new recruit correctly is great, but making a bad hire is a sap on precious management time, energy and emotion.
Here are some quick tips to help you increase your chances of hiring someone quickly and efficiently:
Approach Good People Before Vacancies Arise
It is always good to keep an eye and ear out for rising stars within the industry, or people who possess certain skills that could make them a strong team member. It is a good idea to take an interest in their career, their life and try to understand their aspirations. Building a relationship with a network of people will always make filling a vacancy much easier.
List The Character Traits That Are Non-Negotiable
Finding people for a role is easy, but finding people that will be a good fit can be much harder. By making a list of the character traits that are definitely required, it will make you much less likely to make a bad hire. After an interesting bad experience with a dishonest sales person one organisation simply added ‘liars need not apply’ to their next posting and saw the amount of responses drop but the quality of these candidates rose.
Answer Every Answer With A Question
Although someone may come across well in an interview, the chances are they have had time to practice their responses. If you can find a way to answer every answer with a question, you will be able to find out if the candidate’s answers lack substance. Finding out what happened in their previous role is helpful but by drilling down into the details is much better.
Involve The Team
Some roles are often best recruited not through interview but through an audition instead. By inviting the candidate to work amongst the team for a day, you can ask the team at the end of the day to comment and vote on the candidate’s suitability of that person for the role.