As leading recruiters in Harrisonburg, Adams & Garth knows that regardless of whether you’re looking to hire for a large corporation or small business, you need people who fit with your organization’s culture.
Hiring those with the right hard skills – but who end up being a behavioral mismatch – is a recipe for disaster. They’ll do the job for a while, realize they don’t like the culture and eventually start looking for a new opportunity…leaving you right back where you started.
So how can you recruit the right personalities in the first place? It all starts with how you go about hiring. Here are some tips to help you.
Tip #1: Define the personality you’re looking for.
You know your company better than anyone else – and the position you’re trying to fill. So what kind of a personality is going to be a good fit for both? Is it someone who is creative, passionate and innovative? Or someone detail oriented and a stickler for organization?
Identify your “must haves” before you even start recruiting.
Tip #2: Customize the process to include the traits you’re looking to hire for.
Once you know the kinds of traits that are most essential, be sure that the hiring and interview process screens for them.
For instance, if you need to hire someone who can think quickly on their feet, throw them a curveball question during the interview and assess how well they perform.
If, on the other hand, you need a highly creative individual, give each candidate a homework assignment to showcase their talent.
Tip #3: Show your personality during the interview process.
Some hiring managers tend to be quite formal during the interview process, which is fine. But don’t take it to an extreme where you’re not showcasing your personality or that of the company to candidates. You want candidates to be straightforward and honest; as a result, you need to do the same.
Think of it this way.
Most candidates are on guard during the interviewing process. However, when you reveal something about yourself – such as challenges you’ve faced on the job – they are going to be much more apt to open up and share honest experiences. The benefit? You’ll gain a more accurate picture of each candidate.
Tip #4: Approach the interview like a conversation.
Don’t purposely try to stump or intimidate a candidate. You’ll close off the lines of communication by doing so.
Instead, look at the interview as a two-way conversation, not like you’re the one in control and the candidate is the subordinate. The more at-ease a candidate feels, the more they will reveal about themselves and their personality (whether intentionally or not).
Need more help hiring candidates that are a great fit your organization? Call Adams & Garth. As leading recruiters in Harrisonburg, we know hiring can be risky. But we’ve got the knowledge, experience, and proven processes in place to assist you.
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