March 25th, 2014
A poor fit – between your candidates’ skills and personalities and your company’s job descriptions and culture – can lead to widespread turnover. We can help ensure you are hiring the right people for your team and your culture with our new infographic.
The process of hiring the right people starts with targeting essential skills. And while all companies have different operating environments, goals, systems and technology in place, there are certain universal traits – such as being proactive, an ability to influence, and effective problem-solving – that prove valuable in nearly every setting and company.
When it comes to boosting retention and your productivity in your office, hiring people who have the right personalities is just as vital as hiring people who have the right skills. Thus, before starting your search, determine which personality attributes are likely to excel in your organization.
For example, some companies may prefer a candidate who works best in a team setting while others need a candidate who is satisfied and productive working independently. Some additional things to consider include whether your company is fast-paced or relaxed; whether communication is written or verbal; if you have a collaborative team environment or a competitive one.
By targeting candidates with personalities that match your culture you will greatly increase your chances of hiring the right people.
In order to really uncover a potential candidate fit, you must ensure you are asking the right questions during an interview. Instead of asking questions like, “How would you?” ask questions that being with “How have you?” Be sure to solicit strong and detailed responses, and ask for relevant references. To keep you and your interviews on track, consider creating a scorecard before the interview. The scorecard should list the outcomes that the person you hire must be able to accomplish and a set of skills that they must display.
All of these tips will help ensure you are hiring the right people, upgrading your talent while lowering your turnover in the process.
For more tips you can use to add top talent and hold onto them for the long-term, download your free copy of our white paper, “Recruiting, Retaining & Inspiring A Multigenerational Workforce.”
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