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Tips for Hiring the Right Employee

Hiring the right employees can make or break your business. Employee recruitment is about managing stress, as you will constantly be judged on your selection, and you obviously cannot please everybody in your organization.

However, there are certain rules that you can use to hire the right employee for your business every time:

1.    Look for Someone With a Commitment to Their Career

A person committed to his or her career is the candidate you want to hire. You don’t want to hire an employee who switches careers or jobs frequently, just to get a higher salary. If a candidate is not loyal to any company, hiring this person could definitely be a problem for your business.

Always check the candidate’s previous job duration and if he or she is switching jobs constantly, this is definitely not the right person for the job.

2.    Test for Excellent Learning and Analytical Skills

Try to use different methodologies to assess the learning and analytical skills of your candidates. Testing candidates might be tricky, but don’t evaluate candidates merely on the basis of their resume and their confidence because a resume can contain lies.

A candidate with confidence is great, but what you really want is a candidate that has the right skills and educational requirements. Satish Bakhda from Rikvin.com believes that a candidate with confidence is great, but what you really want is a candidate that has the right skills and educational requirements.

3.    Check Compatibility

You want to find an employee that will fit in with your company’s culture. Check whether the candidate has social skills to get along with others, especially with current employees and managers. Ask how he or she is managing current business clients to judge compatibility skills.

Remember, willingness is one of the primary things a candidate must possess to work with you. And if a person cannot get along with his or her current clients or previous bosses, it’s not such a great idea to hire that candidate.

4.    Keep Improving Your Hiring Process

Whether you are hiring employees for a big organization or looking for some potential candidates to build your start-up, the hiring process is the first and foremost factor you need to focus on. Make sure you are following these steps in your hiring process:

  • Instead of asking magic bullet questions or irrelevant questions, you always need to focus on getting to know the capabilities, knowledge, skills, confidence, attitude, and potential of the candidate.
  • When you advertise job vacancies for your company, make sure that all the job requirements such as responsibilities, required education, experience, knowledge, and skills are clearly mentioned. It will help you in evaluating candidates and attracting applicants that fulfill all of your responsibilities and requirements.
  • It’s also a good idea to involve other people in the evaluation process, since more opinions can lead to finding the right hire.

5.    Don’t Forget to Hire Interns

People may disagree, but this is one of the best ways to hire the right employee for your business. You know all of their strengths, weaknesses, skills, knowledge, attitudes, behavior, confidence levels, and even practical evidence of work. What else do you need to know?

You’ve already done the hard work in picking an intern, so why not hire from this potential pool when looking to fill permanent positions?

6.    Get Social With the Candidates

Asking personal questions won’t get you anywhere, and could be awkward and uncomfortable for both parties. Rather, you or your human resources team should be analyzing the candidates’ presence on social media. This can be a great strategy, especially if you want to hire employees for tech businesses. You’ll be surprised what you can find out about a candidate by researching their social presence.

Source: Forbes: 6 Tips For Hiring The Right Employee by Steve Olenski

Social Media Resume

Current job seekers should know that in this frenzied, digital era, they are exposed on all of their social media pages.  Whether your social site of choice is Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or another, anything you post online is conceivably going to be seen by hiring managers or HR directors at the companies you are applying to work for.

This is generally seen as a negative for most people.  However, this is a wonderful opportunity to show some of your attributes that you cannot portray on paper.  Use these spaces to highlight your volunteer career, your diligent work ethic, some of the work you have done in the past, some of your local business connections and anything else positive that could relate to your field of work.

Once you have updated all of your social media pages by ensuring that they are emphasizing your strengths, and after you have removed any unfavorable images, go ahead and put your page links on your resume.  This will give yourself an advantage by taking something others are shying away from and highlighting your own strengths with it.

Using Technology to Help with Your Job Search

You are ready to find a new career path, you have possibly even thought about your ideal job, but, you are completely overwhelmed at where to start.  Being a job seeker this day and age has its advantages.  There are so many resources we can thank technology for; online job boards, easy to access resume and cover letter templates, using email to send and follow up on your resume, and social media and networking sites.  The question is do you know how to best utilize it?

When you are looking for work, make sure you use all local, regional and national job boards you can find.  Some are better than others, so do your research in your area; ask friends, colleagues and people you know who have recently switched jobs.   Searching should be free to job seekers, so if you come across a fee based site, make sure the website is legitimate and the information posted is worth the fee.   Also use your social media reach to ask your network for job openings that they are aware of that may not be posted to the general public.

Once you have found some listings that you want to apply for, it is time to refine your resume and cover letter.   There are some amazing templates available online, or even within many word processing programs.   Use the online dictionary and/or thesaurus if you are struggling to find the right verbiage.  You don’t have to be a linguist; you just have to be thorough.

Once you have tweaked, snipped, upgraded and polished your resume, you are ready to send it out to the hiring managers for the positions you previously found.  Be sure to have a professional email address even if this will not be something you regularly use.  Your email address could be the very first impression that you give to the people hiring, you want to make sure that it is serious and thought out.

For more technological help, check out some of the latest calendar and resume building apps.  Best of luck!