Hiring is a daunting task for any employer. Even worse is hiring someone who shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. Whether it’s an issue of cultural fit or a lack of work ethic, a poor performing employee can cost a company thousands of dollars, and you may even end up firing them. To avoid this, let’s look at things you can do to find the best employees for your company.
Throw Away the Resume
Resumes have been around since the early 1900s, but their importance has been over-exaggerated for many years. For many positions, what school they went to, their major field, and work experience is not as important as the skills they retain and the projects they have worked on.
Before defaulting to a resume for your job application, think about the purpose of it. What information are you getting from a resume? It can be easy to discount people based on their employment status or where they went to school, but really, they may be a better worker than someone with prestigious credentials. Instead of asking for a resume, try asking specific questions that relate to job duties. See if they have real-world experience in the kinds of tasks the job entails. Ask culture-fit questions. Try to get an idea of who the person is and what they can bring to the table. This will help you find weed out people who may have the right points on their resume, but lack the experience to back it up.
Give a Meaningful Task
Tech and creative fields frequently give a small task to their candidates to assess their readiness for the position. No matter what position you’re hiring for, try to come up with a task that represents some of the daily duties of the role. Let the candidate take it and then look at how well they did. If they really impressed you, it should be an automatic pass to the next round. A clear failure can end the interview process there. Someone who was nearly a pass, but didn’t quite fail either, could either get a second try, or you could choose to end the process. Either way, you’ll be certain that the people you’re bringing in for the next round can do at least some of the work they’ll have every day.
Avoid Useless Questions
Finally, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: bad interview questions. So many interviews use questions that don’t provide a lot of insight into the candidate. For example, the classic “What is your biggest weakness?” is a question that doesn’t often reveal a lot, as it is commonly used to reveal a strength that could masquerade as a weakness. Stay away from questions that aren’t helpful and, instead, ask questions that are relevant to their previous experience and readiness for the role. By doing this, you will gain more relevant knowledge about how well the person will do in this position.
Hiring is not always easy, and it can be tempting to hire the first person who looks good on paper. However, not going about hiring the right way can lead to costly issues down the line. Use these steps to guide you toward a better interview process that ultimately will lead to employees that are a great match for your company.