Hiring the right candidates for an organisation is crucial for the organisation’s growth. The hiring process is time consuming and time is money. So, it is very important to hire right the first time only, to save both time and money.
There are many factors that need to be kept in mind if you are hiring your first employee or hiring for the first time. There is plethora of candidates looking for a job but this does not necessarily make your task easy. In fact, this makes your task even more challenging as you will have to go through a lot of profiles, most of which will be either under qualified or misleading.
Listed below are some crucial things one must keep in mind while hiring for the first time:
1.Be sure of what qualities you are looking for in the right candidate.
This needs to be sorted out even before posting an advertisement. Make note of the job description and responsibilities. Be sure of the goals you want the new hire to achieve and then make sure you list the apt qualifications for the job title. This will help you gauge through numerous applications to shortlist just the right ones.
2.Look within your circle first.
It always helps to ask your colleagues or people associated with your work for referrals. They know the company inside out and therefore, they know what kind of candidate will be the most suitable for the job.
3.Make sure that the advertisement for the job is simple yet crisp.
Large paragraphs – No; Repetition of roles and responsibilities – No.
Many a time we come across job postings that either give too much information that is not relevant to the job title or give too less information for the candidates to decide whether or not they are suitable for the job.
The features to highlight are the job title, role and responsibilities, qualifications and qualities required and finally the directions to apply.
4.Go through the applications candidly.
No doubt you are going to receive numerous applications for the job title but you need to make sure that go through each application sincerely to make sure that you do not miss out on the best candidates. Match the candidates’ qualifications and work experience to your requirements, analyse the applications and then shortlist the best ones.
5.It’s not just the candidate who needs to prepare for the interview.
It is equally important for the interviewee to prepare for the interview and note down the appropriate and the most relevant questions for the interview. Asking the right questions in the very first round gives you a better understanding of the candidate. Another important thing to keep in mind is to ask the same set of questions to all the candidates applying for the same post to ensure that you have a basic criterion to compare once you are done interviewing.
6.Don’t just ask for references, verify them as well.
It is important to ensure that the verification of the references taken is done properly. Ignoring this might lead to hiring of an inappropriate candidate. Often candidates exaggerate experience or responsibilities performed in the last organisation to get selected. One might not be able to be find out all the weaknesses of the candidate but still it will help the organisation check in case there is any major issue with the candidate.
Hiring right for the first time helps an organisation save a lot of time and efforts that are put in training the not so suitable candidate and therefore, help the organisation and employees grow together. ← Back