It goes without saying that finding the right person for a job is crucial. In fact, a company is only as valuable as the people it hires. Human resources are the lifeblood of any company, and so choosing a new member for your team can be very stressful and daunting.
That’s why we’ve compiled this short little list of a couple of things to keep in mind when getting a new hire. Figuring out exactly whether this person is well suited for your company will soon become much easier.
Figure Out Exactly What You’re Looking For
This one is a no-brainer, and yet so many people simply ignore it. You need to think long and hard about what kind of person you want to hire. You should consult some of your other managers, and draft up a list of traits you want to see in your new employee.
Furthermore, always remember your company’s culture. Some places relish the outgoing extrovert, while in others, it will just hinder productivity, and stress everybody out.
Make a list of realistic, and “perfect” traits, just in case. Also, figure out what your red flags are, and act accordingly.
How Well Will They Fit In With Your Current People?
Now think about your own people. How they handle things, how they behave, and what do they look for in a co-worker. Actually, ask them, hand out a poll or a questionnaire. Think about what kind of person would they like to work with, and what kind of person would make their lives miserable.
One of the things you can do is hand out personality tests. There is a ton online, or you can always get a Myer Briggs (or any other) consultant. Then, hand out that same test during a job interview for a potential candidate, and see how well he or she would fit in.
Don’t Ask Closed Questions
During the actual interview process remember to always ask open-ended questions. Don’t just ask them things that can be answered with a yes or a no. Keep the conversation going, let them speak freely.
You can learn a lot about a person through a simple conversation. Things like what they enjoyed at the last place they worked at, or what their goals and ambitions are.
Will They Fit In With Your Company Culture?
First of all – do you even understand what your company’s culture is like? A company’s culture is essentially all the values, beliefs and practices that everybody in the workplace shares. You need to be on the ground, at the front for this one.
If you have trouble understanding it, or if you perhaps want to push it in another direction, then you can always opt for personal branding services to help you out. After you got that in order, try to feel out and figure out whether this person will actually fit in.
Make The Interview Itself Relaxed
Most interviewers make the mistake of making the actual interview into hell. Perhaps out of a false sense of superiority, or the belief that acting like a drill sergeant will improve motivation. The fact is that this is an old and outdated way of doing things.
What you should do is keep the interview relaxed and calm. This will show you exactly what this person is like. You should try to work on keeping the culture itself relaxed as well.
The Candidate’s Questions Can Tell You A Lot
The questions a candidate asks during an interview (or lack thereof) can really tell you a lot about this person. By asking their questions, you will see what they are interested in, what they find important.
Furthermore, the manner in which they ask the questions can signal a level of professionalism and thoroughness they may or may not have. Finally, don’t forget to watch their body language during the interview process. You can learn a lot if you know what to look for.
And there you have it folks, a couple of tips on figuring out whether the new guy (or gal) will be up to scratch.
Remember to think long and hard whether he or she will fit in. Remember to ask open-ended questions, and to follow closely their interview questions as well.