Your people can make or break your business. Smart, talented and driven employees are going to enhance your bottom line. Those who aren’t a great fit, on the other hand, will seriously impact productivity and profits. When it comes time to hire, you therefore have a lot on the line. How can you make the right choice, one you feel confident in?
As one of New England’s top recruitment firms, Stewart Recruitment Group can help. Here are some tips on what to look for in your next new hire:
Commitment to career development.
When you’re interviewing candidates, go beyond asking about their skills and responsibilities in their current jobs. Inquire about what they’re reading, how they spend time outside of work, and what they do to acquire new knowledge and skills. Asking these kinds of questions will give you some insight into how personally motivated a particular candidate is.
Knowledge of your company.
When it comes to hiring, you want people who perform their due diligence. So if it’s clear a candidate doesn’t know much about your company, or doesn’t have any questions, think twice about moving them ahead in the hiring process. Instead, look for those who have done their research, are informed about your company, services and customers, and have a sense of how their skills and strengths all fit in.
The right-fit personality.
When it comes to making a strong hiring choice, personality is just as important as hard skills. If your next hire doesn’t mesh with the culture or get along with co-workers, it’s going to be a major headache for you. That’s why it’s important to ask them specific questions related to culture, such as to “describe your ideal work environment.” Their answers will give you valuable insight into their personalities that can help in your decision making process.
Skills you can test for and verify.
A candidate might sound perfect on paper and say all the right things in the interview. However, you won’t really know if they have the skills you need unless you check them. So whether you use an online assessment tool or create a small homework assignment for each candidate you’re considering, make sure you evaluate their skills in a tangible way.
Ready for expert help hiring your next great employee?
Call Stewart Recruitment Group. As one of New England’s top recruiting firms, we can give you access to the talented individuals who will become a thriving part of your team. Contact us today to learn more or get started.