Key Hiring Strategies

In business, when it comes to the proper fit, nowhere is it more important than in recruitment of new staff. Your hiring strategy is key to your company’s future growth. There is no better way to retain employees than to ensure their personal and work values fit in with the culture of your company. Learn about these five steps for a successful hiring process.

1. Start with the job description
Ensure that the job description is current and accurately reflects the requirements, skills, and knowledge required to complete the job at the highest possible level.

2. Prepare questions
Once you’re ready to interview, be sure that you ask questions directly relevant to the tasks of the job. A good practice is to include behavioural questions. In other words, do not ask “what if” questions, instead ask “tell me a time when you…” type questions.

3. Watch out for hiring “traps”
Hiring traps include situations where a manager hires someone to replace an exiting employee. The trap is the propensity to hire the “opposite” of the skill set from the last position. For example: if your exiting staff had difficulty writing reports – you want to be certain that THIS new employee can write reports – only to discover that the interview is far too heavily weighted on this ONE task.

4. Know the culture of your company
There is no better way to increase employee turnover than to have the wrong fit for your corporate culture. And conversely, there is no better way to retain employees than to ensure their personal and work values fit in with the culture of your company.

5. Be Courageous in your hiring
Hire people who are smarter than you – people who have more experience, better connections, and more expertise. This takes courage for a manager/owner to implement.

SO – if the employee fits the culture of your company or organization, you’re off to a fabulous start in your business!

Dawn McCooey

Dawn McCooey is the Skills Development Manager for Women’s Enterprise Centre, and is based in the Victoria office. Dawn has worked in the adult training and development field for over 20 years. As owner of a career consulting company for over 18 years, Dawn managed up to 32 employees in three offices in Victoria and was voted “Best Boss in Victoria.” Her book “Keeping Good Employees On Board” was an bestseller in 2010. Dawn was also the HR expert on the Reality TV Show “The Hard Way.”

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