How to Hire the Best Employee

Hiring the best employee on the planet is a rather hard task. One wrong hire and things can go downhill fast. Since there are thousands upon thousands of qualified employees out there, many recruiters often wonder how they can hire the best employee for their business. To make the process relatively easy, here's a breakdown on what hiring managers should look for: 

#1 Clear Job Description

Nothing is more frustrating than reading a job posting that doesn't accurately explain what the company wants. While the ad doesn't have to be 2,000 words long, it should get the point across. In a job description, it should give the job seeker a great understanding what the company is looking for. If it's 10 years worth of experience, note it. If it's a college degree, note it. It's also important to list the perfect characteristics too. Remember, many job seekers will just apply without reading the description, and this is why it's very important to read over a resume before a call is even considered.

#2 Experience

Unless the job opening is for an entry-level worker, experience is key. An employee with a lot of experience can do wonders for any business. While many potential candidates can lie on their resume about experience, it's important to follow up with their employer and offer them an aptitude test. So for example, if the job is related to programming, have them code something small to prove themselves. Never hire someone based on their word, but instead, have them prove themselves first.

#3 Attitude

Interviews are done for a reason. This is a great way to not only meet the potential employee but get to know them. Ask them lots of questions about their past work experience and challenges in life. Look for winning attitudes and for those who don't give up. Also, don't be afraid to let them know about the job. Studies have shown that if the interviewer scares the interviewee with claims such as "this may be the hardest job you had," it could show what kind of strength that person has. If they walk away and are never heard from again, they probably weren't the best candidate after all.

#4 Compatible

Chances are that this person is going to have to work with teams in the workplace. Touching upon the attitude tip above, a good employee should have great personable skills. How do they interact during the interview? Are they friendly? Do they seem like someone who would get along with others? Generally, this can all be seen during the interviewing process. Again, remember that one bad hire or bad personality can ruin a lot of chemistry in the workplace.

#5 Culture

All businesses have some sort of culture involved. While they have to be compatible with their team, they have to be compatible with the environment. If the environment is laid back and has beer on Fridays, will this person enjoy it? It's best to explain the atmosphere to a person ahead of time to see if they are comfortable with it. Another great way is to have the candidate take a personality quiz to see how they blend in.

#6 Committing

One problem that many employers make is by hiring a worker that won't stick around for the long run. As many employers know, training a new employee isn't cheap. With that being said, it's important that an employee is qualified for the job. If a junior programming job opens up and a candidate with 20 years of experience applies, it's probably safe to say that this person is just going to pass on through. Aside from looking at just the experience, it's important to also look at how long they have worked with employers in the past. If the candidate is only 25 years old and has worked with five companies already, it's probably safe to say that they get bored or get fired fairly fast.

#7 Referrals

Finding an amazing employee is a great feeling, but what happens if the former bosses say nothing but bad things? Whenever a potential candidate is considered, it's important to check the references diligently. Call at least three references and ask them lots of questions. Find out how long they have worked, what their habits were like and if they were on time. The more information that is obtained about them, the more confident a company can feel with a hire.

#8 Salary 

Money speaks when hiring an employee. If the newly hired employee feels that they aren't getting paid what they should, they may under perform or even look for work elsewhere. It's best to pay an employee what they deserve on the market. This compensation can either be found by comparing various job postings online or even asking the candidate what they expect. If it's fair, then by all means, offer them their requested pay.

Doing the proper homework can often lead to a great employee. Remember, there's no rush when hiring an employee, and if it takes 100 interviews to find that perfect candidate, then that's what it takes. By hiring the perfect employee, it will save a lot of time, energy and a potential firing that leads to unemployment claims.


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