Current Best Hiring Practices
by Doug Coley
With hiring on the uptick, I’ve compiled a list of today’s best hiring practices. Whether you’re engaging a recruiter or going it alone, adhering to these practices can save you from a hiring mistake.
- Prescreen candidates by phone. Be sure to ask targeted questions early in the interview process. Doing this by phone will save you lots of time.
- Look beyond the resume. A candidate with the right experience on paper may seem like the proverbial bull’s-eye. But, if he/she is coming from a different corporate culture than yours, the overall fit may not be right after all.
- Go beyond the usual interview questions. Ask questions to help you learn more about a candidate’s thinking and decision-making style. Here are a few examples:
- When was the last time you had to meet a tight deadline or work under pressure? How did that feel?
- In the past, when you’ve realized you’ve made an obvious error, how have you handled the situation?
- Have you ever seen someone you work with do something unethical? If so, how did you handle that situation?
- Check references. Of course, most candidates will share references who will speak highly of them. A candidate’s list of references can be telling, as well. As we wrote in an earlier post, look for candidates who freely use their past boss(es) as references.
- Conduct background checks. With the rise in workplace violence, corporate fraud and employee theft, background screening is a necessity. Find a reputable provider who you can work with seamlessly.