Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

Hiring good employees can be challenging. While prospective recruits may have the right skills to match the job- education and work history – there are multiple characteristics beyond what’s outlined on paper that will determine if an employee is right for the job. And determining whether a person will be the best fit for an open position during the interview process can prove to be difficult.

If you are in the process of hiring, consider that skills alone do not guarantee that you will hire the right candidate. Prospective employees should have a combination of skills and characteristics which are more challenging to measure. Here are some things to consider when recruiting:

  • Does this person have the necessary skills, experience and education to successfully complete the tasks you need performed?  This is the first factor to consider.
  • Can this person get along with colleagues, and existing and potential clients?  Another important component to also remember is the person’s willingness and ability to be harmonious with you- his or her boss.
  •  Will this person complete not only the easy tasks but will he or she also find ways to solve problems and take initiative?  A capable employee has potential for growth and the ability and willingness to take on more responsibility.
  • Does this person have values that align with your company’s?  Are they honest; do they tell the truth? Are they above reproach? Are they team players?

Remember; take your time to hire. The urge may be to bring on candidates quickly if you are in need to fill open positions, but taking the time to interview, assess and properly evaluate candidates will better ensure that you hire the right employees with the right skills.

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