Evaluating someone's basic qualifications for a job is easy, but companies today need to go beyond this necessary step to ensure that they've found the right person for their leadership role. But how do you go deeper into your hiring analysis? Here are 3 tips on finding the RIGHT hire for your company.
Tip #1: Invest in your job description
Though it sounds somewhat obvious, investing time and energy into the job description is an easy way to find the best talent that you possibly can. Many companies overlook this seemingly small first step, but it has a significant effect on who applies to the position in the first place.
The job description should clearly state exactly what kind of experience your company is looking for and what industry that experience should be in. Your job description should clearly define the Employee Value Proposition or EVP for short. As McKinsey writes, the EVP is the reason that talent should work at your company and not your competition. Make sure that the benefits of the role are prominently and clearly featured, and strive to make those benefits the most attractive ones in your industry.
Tip #2: Be creative in the interview process
After using a compelling job description to attract qualified talent, use the interview process to examine how they will fit into the strategic role that they are applying. This factor is especially crucial if you are making a hire at an executive level.
As Adam Bryant writes in the New York Times, "Every candidate will be prepared for commonplace interview questions," so you should use the interview process to test the candidate's creativity and knowledge of the field. Asking situational questions, where you give the candidate a scenario conflict in the workplace, is a great way to judge the candidate's problem-solving skills.
Tip #3: Think about your company culture, but also promote diversity
There is a fine line to balance between hiring people who are an excellent fit for your company culture but also promoting diversity in the workplace.
To counter this, you should focus on hiring the person who is the right match for the position and who you think would get along well with your employees. By focusing on finding the person who is the best fit for the role, not just on someone who will mesh into your company's social life, you'll be able to create a diverse (and profitable) workplace filled with people who love their jobs.
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