March 09, 2018

Hiring The Right People: It’s Not Just About Qualifications

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It's a time-tested theory that has been long proven- it's the people that make the business. And, specifically, your employees. For all the entrepreneurial skills you have to get people on board, it's your employees that you will lean on during tough times, and it is their motivation as individuals that will see you through to the end. This is why you need to get your hiring chops up to speed. The hiring process, for many people, is the best way to find the best person for the job. But, various factors can go against a potential employee in an interview, nerves, for example. So what can you do to hire the right people for your business?

Make Your Job Descriptions Detailed
If you are hoping to nail down a specific roster of duties, you need to make sure that this is represented in the job description. Lots of people apply for jobs because of the vagueness of the main details, meaning that you have to wade through piles of pointless resumes. Instead, make it crystal clear, itemize every single duty the job entails, and what you expect from the candidate.

Structure The Interviews
Many interviews can be informal affairs, but are you going to get a good impression of who the potential employee is through this method? Instead, if you can structure the interviews in a certain way so you can evaluate their personality, skills, and if they fit into the company culture, this is going to benefit you and the person being interviewed. If you aren't used to interviewing people, it can feel like a bit of trial and error to get it right. But this is why you need to know exactly what you want out of your employee.

Check Their Background
It's not just about finding the right person on paper, it's about assessing their trustworthiness. This requires a bit of rooting around in their past, you can either assess their compatibility with the job via their LinkedIn profile, social media, and so forth. But you can also dig even deeper, and hire a private investigator. There are private investigator services like John Cutter Investigations that provide pre-employment screenings. Essentially, they would do the equivalent of rooting around through the metaphorical trash. And if you're looking for someone who is inherently trustworthy, but you have niggling doubts, this process should help to alleviate any concerns. It's part and parcel of the research process nowadays, going via their LinkedIn profile or social media accounts, and it's a process you should integrate into your employment strategy.

Don't Just Look At Their Resume
Yes, qualifications are all well and good, though you could get a good feeling about someone, but they don't have the necessary skills on paper. Maybe they're covering letter stood out to you, or they feel like they would be a perfect fit. Skills are something you can train people up in anyway! Yes, qualifications are handy, but if you're looking to hire people who will go the distance, and will progress further up the ladder, and maybe be business partners with you in the future, hiring the right person isn't just about qualifications. Look beyond the resume!

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