Hiring the right employee

Hiring a new employee is an important decision with the potential to make or break your business.

Hiring the wrong employee can cost your business a lot of time, money and productivity. Employers can benefit from spending more time on the recruitment process to ensure the candidate suitably matches the culture and position you want to fill.

Here are a few ways to hire the right staff:

Plan your hiring strategy

To attract the right candidates, it is important to develop a clear job description for the advertised role. The job description should identify the tasks involved, skills, qualifications and experience necessary to fulfill the position. A well defined job description can help to screen applicants and assist with the development of interview questions.

Employers need to assess whether candidates are appropriate for the position by assessing if they have the necessary skills. Employers should shortlist candidates based on how well their skills and experience best match the role.

Consider your organisational culture

Candidates should be assessed on their compatibility with your business’s core values, attributes and behaviours. Employers need to understand their own culture and decide on what personality and character traits they are looking for in a potential employee.

A candidate’s cultural fit can be determined through interview questions aimed at revealing the personality and character of the applicant.

Review credentials

Before making a job offer, it is important to check references and verify the credentials claimed are accurate. If the position requires qualifications, make sure you have relevant documents and certificates.

Conducting reference checks is a vital step in the recruitment process. References provide valuable insight into the applicant’s past behaviour, providing employers with a better indication of fit for the position. Performing a background check can help you to make more informed hiring decisions.

Cristy Houghton