The Right People on the Bus: How to Make Sure Your Business is Hiring Competent Employees

    [This article was written by Lizzie Weakley.]

    It’s often a hazard in business that you think that you’re hiring a great employee only to have them not work out. There are ways that you can help to stack the deck in your favor. Here are some tips to ensure that your business is hiring competent employees.

    Advertise On Professional Avenues 

    Posting your jobs on only professional websites or advertising at professional venues will help to increase the caliber of people that are applying for the job. This could mean that you use a professional recruiting agency or even an internal recruiter to vet the candidates before you see them. Some online hiring tools will even let you stipulate that candidates have to meet a certain criteria before their information is forwarded onto you. Take advantage of these tools so that you aren’t wasting time.

    Study Their Resume 

    Take a hard look at their resume and any supporting documentation that was provided. Formatting and sentence structure can tell you a lot about the person who wrote it. For example, misspellings of more obvious words could indicate that the person lacks attention to detail. Gaps in employment should also be questioned and years worked at each company. You may notice a pattern that doesn’t appeal to the values of your workforce.

    Conduct Panel Interviews 

    The more people that you can have in an interview, the better feel you can get for the candidate. How well that they handle the situation and the manner of answering the questions could indicate how they will perform under pressure. Other people on the panel may also think to ask questions that you hadn’t considered. Have a meeting after the interview is done so that you can gather the insights gained from all members of the panel.

    Perform Thorough Background Checks 

    The quality of background check that you perform is important to getting a more well-rounded view of your candidate. For example, a name matching tool may help you to determine the exact identity of the person that you want to hire. You don’t want to have a case of mistaken identity. Check with their references and previous employers so that you can determine their work ethnic and their ability to fit in with your team.

    You don’t want to waste time hiring the wrong candidate. It doesn’t benefit you or your employees to waste everyone’s time. Use these tips so that you can hire competent employees for every job in your business.

    Author Bio:

    Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her Husky, Snowball, camping, and binging on Netflix. Lizzie recommends a name matching tool for those in need of it.

    Twitter: @LizzieWeakley

    Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

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