“You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world…but it requires people to make the dream a reality.”
– Walt Disney
For many companies, hiring can be a difficult process. Finding people who are qualified is one thing but finding someone who is a perfect fit for your business is another. And in the modern world of the internet, the many avenues and platforms accessible to you can certainly be overwhelming. However, using these tools, while recognizing what makes a great future employee, can set you on the path for a good hire.
Before you refine your approach on hiring, you must understand what makes a good employee for your business. A good place to start is looking inward. Realizing your company’s culture, will help you better envision the type of employee you want to add into the mix. Some base level characteristics that are great for any environment are passion, capability, and commitment. Ask yourself: do you see them genuinely involved with their work, and do they seem competent as well as committed? Finding people who fulfill these traits can ensure dependable and long-lasting hires. It should be noted, though, that it is important to keep an open mind throughout the process and not immediately disregard someone if you recognize potential.
Once you have an idea of the sort of person you want to work with you, it’s time to focus on the actual hiring. Hiring is an all-consuming task that requires diligence. It’s best to spread yourself to as many places as possible, so that all potential employees are made aware of the open position. Sites like LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter all provide expansive databases for potential employees, and more and more companies are using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to list openings.
When posting the job, make sure you sell the position. Knowing how to market your company to potential employees can go a long way, and possibly garner interest from unexpected applicants. And even when the hiring process is over, it can be of great benefit to follow up and remain friendly with other applicants, for you might see a need for them in the future.
At the end of the day, creativity, even in the hiring process, can be of essential use. Exploring all sorts of avenues and applicants will best ensure the perfect fit for your company.
Kelly D. Scott
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization