Working with businesses for as long as I have something that never ceases to amaze me is the gross lack of focus or attention that many people give when it comes to hiring staff. Hiring staff is one of the most important aspects of any business. Assembling the right team should never be something that you do flippantly and it is crucial to your business and its potential success, that you give your recruitment process huge amounts of respect and invest lots of time in doing so. When you do recruit new people, here are the key considerations and tasks which you must make and carry out.
You simply must check people before they come to work for you and this vetting process should be done thoroughly. There are all manner of things that you can find out about someone when you search their name on Google but what you really need is a fully comprehensive check to ensure that the person is not a scam artist with a history if crime, someone who has lied on their application form or someone who is not exactly what they say that they are. The BBB (Better Business Bureau) offers a list of excellent companies that can carry out background checks on people, and will even offer a refund if you are not happy, use them and find out about your applicants.
Think About the Team
Don’t simply hire an individual based on their qualifications, experience and ability to do the job, these are of course pre-requisites to be successful but you also need to think about the team dynamic. To put this in perspective remember that a group of 5 outstanding individuals with zero team chemistry will bring in far poorer results than a team of 5 average individuals who work in perfect synergy with one another.
The application form will let you know how good the person is, the background check will back up whether or not it is true and that means that the interview is not about how good the person is. Your interview is about finding out the person’s character, how good are they going to be for your business? How well can they slot into the team? How ambitious are they? What makes them tick? These are the pieces of information which you should be looking to find out so ensure that you have a creative interview process through which you can find out such information.
The process of reviewing application forms and carrying out interviews should be very swift, so too should the decision making process. The application process however should take up quite a lot of time as you seek out the very best candidates for your position. With this in mind you must plan ahead with your recruitment and leave at least 4 or 5 weeks for people to apply to the position.
These steps are crucial so be sure that you employ them when you are next recruiting.