How many times have I heard managers say, “It didn’t work out. They weren’t the person I thought I was getting from the interview.”
How long does it take to recruit someone, train them up, then deal with all the problems if we employ the wrong person? Time is money and we cannot afford to continuously recruit the wrong people. It also causes low staff morale for the rest of your team. Therefore, the recruitment process is very important to employ the right people from the outset.
When recruiting, for each position, work out who you want and why they would be suited to the role. Make a list. Discuss it with your team. Make sure you are all on the same page. Make sure you have a goal, then you will be able to find the right person.
Also remember, you do not have to recruit using the same method. Each role will have different skills, so embed these skills into the recruitment process. Do not just have the usual face to face interview. When I was recruiting for an administrator, I had a 1 hour practical where the people being interviewed had to complete tasks they would be doing for the role. This was an amazing exercise as it illustrated their skills.
Have as many people involved in the process as possible. The more people who need to work with the person who have input, the better. You don’t want to have a panel of people interviewing, so why don’t you have one person showing them to the room and asking some informal questions. It is amazing what can come out.
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut, recruiting the wrong people and wondering why, call me. I can work with you to make sure you employ the right people for your team.