Hiring Handbook: New Year’s Resolutions

I know that being a better hiring manager is not at the top of everyone’s list of resolutions, but it should be.

If your organization has plans for 2019 that include growth, change or innovation, you are going to need some new people.  People with fresh energy, ideas and perspectives.  This is not to say that you have to ditch the loyal folks who got you to where you are today.  Rather, to replace people who move on and to augment those who stay.

Hiring does not have to be a long and painful process.  Here are seven tips to make it better next year.

  1. Have clear job descriptions that are in real time and properly aligned to the business.
  2. Actively solicit internal candidates. Don’t just rely on posting the job where people can see it.
  3. Pull together the stakeholders and commit to a timeline. Look ahead and block off times for interviews.  If you wait until you have candidates, you will add weeks to the process.
  4. Provide timely feedback to candidates. Protect your brand by communicating clearly and often.
  5. Streamline the interview process. Candidates who are working will have a hard time getting away for seven interviews.  Three should be enough – book ahead and get the hiring people lined up early.
  6. Prepare an interview guide before you start. Outline the specific skills and experience you need and build questions around them. Take a copy of the guide into each meeting.  This will improve your accuracy, thoroughness and consistency.
  7. Have fun! It is exciting to see the passion and confidence emanating from a candidate across the table. Interviewing new people is a great way to feel energized about your team and if that is not your current experience, call your favourite head-hunter.  We’ll take care of it.


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