How To Hire Good Employees
Chances are, you have – at one point or another – heard horror stories about nightmare employees. In fact, you have probably come across a few nightmare employees of your own, especially if you are in charge of hiring employees. Sometimes, the reaction is to wonder, “How did this employee get this way?” But a more appropriate reaction here is the introspective one, wherein you question yourself, asking, “Why did I hire this person?” Of course, beyond just making sure you avoid those nightmare employees, hiring is really about trying to find those employees who will end up doing a spectacular job. It is about hiring employees who will make your company better, and who you can promote again and again. How can you go about making sure you hire such employees? Really, it is very simple.
The hiring process begins with the resume. Begin by cutting out the unqualified applicants; it might be easy to just interview everyone, but in the long run it will save you time and headaches to narrow down your field. Take the time to call applicants you are not quite sure about; after all, you’ll be happy you did if you were thinking about throwing an application away, and this person ends up being a prize employee, and you will likewise be happy if you were thinking about scheduling an interview and you find out it would have been a big waste of time. Finally, take the time to examine the attention the applicant gave their resume; an applicant with a sloppy resume is likely to become a sloppy employee.
When you interview, make sure you focus on the applicant’s intelligence and attitude. You are more likely to find a great employee in someone with fewer accomplishments but a smart mind a good attitude than in someone with a surly disposition.
Finally, while interviewing, allow the interviewee to ask questions. In this way, you can gain a greater understanding of the ways in which this person’s mind works, and you can get to know them better. Generally speaking, future “prize employees” are likely to have intelligent questions to ask; this will help you gain a greater understanding of the kind of person they are.
Of all the elements that go into making a successful business run, hiring is among the most important. After all, a successful business begins with employees, and for those in charge of hiring employees, it all begins with them.
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