This is a guest blog post by Sisily Taylor.
When it comes to hiring employees for your company, it is vital that you select the right candidates for the job. Employees will be entrusted with a great level of responsibility, and that can be either a terrible hindrance or an incredible asset depending on who you find for the position. If you plan to hire new employees in the future, use this guide to make sure that you select the right people for the job.
1. Be Clear About the Job Description
In order to have a pool of candidates who are suited for any job, it is important that the job description in your advertisements is clear. A vague job description might result in a large number of people who apply for the job, but without clear parameters a large part of the applicants might be unsuited for the position. List specific requirements and credentials that are required to narrow down the pool of applicants and hone in on the right candidates.
2. Verify Job History and Credentials
Unfortunately, it is easier than ever fake credentials or diplomas. Employers and hiring managers should ensure that the information on every resume is correct. As you get towards the final stages of the hiring process, verify the remaining candidates’ information and contact their previous employers to make sure that their job histories are exactly as they were detailed.
3. Eliminate Unqualified Candidates Right Away
It is unfair to both the company that is hiring and the potential candidates to draw out the interview process. It is best to be blunt when a person does not reach the minimum qualifications or job experience to be hired for the job. Be quick with correspondence after receiving applications and inform unqualified applicants that they are not the right person for the position. They will appreciate the directness, and it will save you from interviewing individuals who are clearly not the right person for the job.
4. Create a List of Interview Questions
Sometimes an interview can be led off course by conversation or questions that may not be relevant to the position. Before each interview, create a checklist of important questions and mark them off once they have been asked. This will help you to keep track of the conversation and ensure that you don’t miss any pertinent information during the interview.
5. Discuss Salary Requirements
Even after finding the perfect candidate for the position, it is important that you can agree on a salary before the hiring can take place. The sooner you discuss salaries in an interview, the better. In fact, it might even be best to ask for a salary range over the phone during a prescreening of the candidate. This will ensure that you are on the same page when it comes to pay.
Finding the right employees for your company is no easy task. You will need to find people with the right educational qualifications, an adequate level of job experience and a hard-working attitude. By using this list, it will be easier than ever to find the right candidates for any position.
Sisily Taylor writes for several higher ed blogs. To read more about online MBA courses click here.