Hire the Perfect Team With These Tips!

Hiring good employees is the end result of a lot of planning and diligent work. If you’re looking to build the perfect team, consider the following planning and evaluation tips.

Determine your needs

First and foremost, you need to determine the business goals you hope to accomplish by hiring new employees. If you’re looking to increase your competitiveness, elevate your hiring standards. If you’re looking to add functionality to a department, identify candidates with skills you currently don’t have in-house.

Write targeted job descriptions

Determining your business needs leads to having a more informed job description. If you’re looking to fill positions with well-defined roles, review the existing job description, as it may have to be updated since the last person was hired. You may also want to talk people who previously held the position to get their input on how to improve the description.

Make sure the language used in the job description is compelling and error-free. If possible, recruit a professional writer to punch-up your job description.

Conduct smart interviews

Before conducting interviews, produce a list of questions open-ended questions that lead applicants to tell you about themselves, like “What is your biggest personal-life achievement?” and “Why do you want this job?”

Your phone interviews should screen out applicants that are qualified but are not the right fit for the position. These might be applicants who don’t fit your company culture, who don’t seem very passionate about the job or whose salary expectations are not in line with what the company is willing to pay. Phone interviews should also be used to briefly assess any essential technical skills, so applicants who exaggerated their skills don’t slip through to the in-person interview.

The in-person interviews should do a deeper dive on applicants’ abilities, soft skills and cultural fit. Many companies are actually prioritizing soft skills and fit over technical ability, reasoning that skills can be taught, but the other two cannot.

After the interviews

Before making a formal offer, it’s important to check references and eliminate candidates if any red flags pop up during those checks. The offer you make should be consistent with the industry average and in line with the business objectives you outlined earlier. For instance, if you’re looking to raise your hiring standards, you should also be prepared to raise your levels of compensation.

Once your offer has been accepted, you can start looping in the new employee on company emails and sending them on-boarding materials to give them a head start on their first day at work.

At LTI, we work with our clients to source the best-fit candidates for their open position. If your company is currently looking to build a better team of employees, please contact us today.