How to hire the right employee

Written on the 28 March 2014 by Macmillans Waller Fry - Accountants in Maitland

Hiring a new employee to join the business is an important task that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Employers should scout out talent in the same way that a good sales person hunts for new clients. Many employers enter the selection process unprepared and end up settling for a candidate who is not right.

Employers should take their time to find out whether their candidate really has the character and credentials to fit the position available.

Hiring the wrong employee can end up costing an employer a lot of time and money through reduced sales, poor morale, lost productivity and interview costs.

Here are a few ideas to help employers land the right employee:

Screen for organisational fit

Successful companies believe that having a candidate fit into the organisational culture is more important than the candidate’s skills. This is because employers can teach job skills; however, they cannot teach character.

Although ‘organisational fit’ is more subjective than job skills, it is still able to be determined.

First, an employer needs to understand their own company’s culture and decide on the characteristics and personality required by a new employee to fit in.

Questions should be asked in the interview to reveal the candidates character and how they like to work. For example, ‘talk about the most difficult culture you have worked in and how you dealt with it.’

Screen for the right job skills

It is also important to screen candidates to determine if they have the necessary job skills. Companies should avoid screening candidates on outdated or generic job descriptions as candidates will be prepared for the standard interview questions, such as their strengths and weaknesses.

The best predictor of success is a candidate’s past behaviour and results, not their interview expertise. Ask about the candidate’s successes at past jobs and what they achieved after six months, one year and three years.

Verify credentials

A key step in hiring a new employee is to verify their credentials and ensure that they have achieved what they are claiming.

It is important to spend the time and money performing background checks and assessments as it will only cost more in the long term if the candidate is not the right fit.

Author: Macmillans Waller Fry - Accountants in Maitland


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