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Published on December 13th, 2018 | by Kandace H

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The Right Stuff: How to Get a Good Employee Every Time You Hire

Good employees are the lifeblood of any business. There will always be expansion and turnover, though, so you’ll have to constantly search to get those great workers into your business. If you want to ensure that you get the best of the best each time you hire, you’ll want to keep the advice below in mind.

Streamline Your Interviews

While the interview process might be created to help you find the best employees, your interview process might actually weed out some of your best potential candidates. Try to keep interviews short, relevant, and with a quick turnaround. Don’t string great potential candidates along and certainly don’t attempt to lowball them with your initial offer. Be honest and forthright, making sure to respect your candidate’s time. Doing so will make it easier for the candidates and help you to attract the cream of the crop to your business.

Pay Attention to the Qualifications

Pay careful attention to the qualifications you require from your employees. Don’t just go with the industry standard—go with the experience and certifications that your business in particular needs. It might be nice to grab an employee straight out of the Ivy Leagues, but you’ll often have better luck with a member of a welding contractors union who can actually fulfill the goals of your latest project. Make sure that any potential new employee actually meets the necessary qualifications, leaving everything else on the job requirement sheet to be learned while he or she is at work.

Focus on Your Team

Picking the correct employee also means taking your current group dynamics into account. If you want to be sure that your hire will stick around, you should figure out if he or she will work well with the people who are currently around. Try to be less concerned with bringing in a “rockstar” employee than one who will benefit the most from being on the team with your best employees. This will not only ensure better teamwork, but it will ensure that your new employee feels comfortable with the group dynamics as he or she comes on board.

Make sure to hire for the qualities you need, not those that common wisdom claims are necessary for your field. Respect your candidates when they interview, then pay attention to whether they can do the job and work with your current employees. If you can do that, you’ll be sure to find the right candidate every time.

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