• Monday, June 13th, 2011

Hiring the right employee is a challenging process. Hiring the wrong employee is expensive, costly to your work environment, and time consuming. Hiring the right employee, on the other hand, pays you back in employee productivity, a successful employment relationship, and a positive impact on your total work environment.

Hiring the right employee enhances your work culture and pays you back a thousand times over in high employee morale, positive forward thinking planning, and accomplishing challenging goals. This is not a comprehensive guide to hiring an employee, but these steps are key when hiring an employee.

  • Define the Job Before Hiring an Employee
Hiring the right employee starts with a job analysis. The job analysis enables you to collect information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and work environment of a particular job. The information from the job analysis is fundamental to developing the job description for the new employee. The job description assists you to plan your recruiting strategy for hiring the right employee.
  • Plan Your Employee Recruiting Strategy
With the job description in hand, set up a recruiting planning meeting with your recruiter that involves the key employees who are hiring the new employee. The hiring manager is crucial to the planning. The recruiter should then execute the following strategies:
  • Use a Checklist
This checklist will help the recruiter systematize the process for hiring your employee. This checklist helps the recruiter keep track of your recruiting efforts. The checklist for hiring an employee keeps your recruiting efforts on track and communicates progress to interested employees and the hiring manager.
  • Recruit the Right Candidates
The recruiter can develop relationships with potential candidates long before you need them.
  • Review Credentials and Applications Carefully
The work of reviewing resumes, cover letters, job applications, and job application letters starts with a well-written job description. Your bulletted list of the most desired characteristics of the most qualified candidate was developed as part of the recruiting planning process. The recruiter screens all applicants against this list of qualifications, skills, experience, and characteristics. You’ll be spending your time with your most qualified candidates. And, that is a good use of your time.
  • Prescreening Candidates
While a candidate may look good on paper, a prescreening interview will tell you if their qualifications are truly a fit with your job. The recruiter usually prescreens hundreds of candidates before making a selection. A skilled telephone interviewer will also obtain evidence about whether the candidate may fit within your culture – or not.


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