7 Tips for Hiring All-Star Candidates in 2021

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Is your organization ready to expand your team and welcome someone new into the fold? Congratulations! Hiring a new employee is always an exciting process that both celebrates your current success and helps set the stage for future growth. With today’s market moving faster than ever, the mindset of today’s professionals, as well as hiring managers have adapted considerably in a short period of time. 2020 highlighted the unique challenges of the remote workplace, and with many companies now facing the question of how to size up their workforce while navigating an uncertain workplace (or at least location), the question of how to hire the right fit has become more important than ever before.

At Pivot HR, we understand just how important it is to find the best fit for your new opening, especially given today’s circumstances. With decades of experience helping businesses hire, train, and onboard throughout BC, Alberta and Ontario, our team is here to help make the process simple. Below, we’ve compiled 7 tips to keep in mind when hiring. Read on to learn more!

1. Know Who You Are and What You Need

One of the most important aspects of finding the right fit for your company involves taking a moment to get introspective. Even though you might be hiring for a specific job title, the reality is, the best fit involves far more than that. To know how to narrow down prospects, you need to be able to define both what you specifically need from a candidate, both within the job function itself, as well as an overall member of your team. Bear in mind that culture is just as important as know-how, especially when it comes to finding a long-term fit that saves you thousands by eliminating the need to constantly rehire.

2. Prescreen, Test, and Assess Applicants

It’s no secret that the hiring process can feel arduous, especially if you’re looking to fill multiple positions at once. With that being said, it’s crucial that you take the time to properly prescreen applicants and weed out poor candidates early on. Including questionnaires, personality assessments, and partnering with an external HR consultancy that is able to assist in these endeavours will go a long way towards saving you time, money, and making sure your new hire is ready to hit the ground running.

3. Remember that Interviews Go Both Ways

When interviewing top-tier talent, it’s important to remember that you’re being evaluated as well. Be prepared to market your company and share the value in joining your team, while ultimately searching for a mutual fit for both parties.

4. Have a Standardized Process

If it’s been a while since you’ve expanded your team, it’s worth taking a closer look at your hiring process and ensuring your practices are up to date. From refining your interview questions to determining your screening order (ie. Phone or video calls to in-person interviews, etc), investing some time prior to jumping in will save you plenty of hassle in the long run and keep things streamlined.

5. Hire for Growth Potential

It can be hard to sort between candidates, especially if you find yourself in a situation where qualifications are nearly identical. In this case, it’s important to consider what best helps your team in the long run. Oftentimes, the strongest fit is a candidate who, despite having less hands-on experience, is capable and eager to grow. Filling your workplace with individuals that are driven to excel and share your vision is a sure path to success.

6. Up Your Posting Game

In 2021, there’s no excuse for not having a solid online strategy for recruitment. Make sure your job posting is clear, concise, and makes it easy for potential candidates to see what you’re looking for, as well as what you have to offer.

7. Finesse Your Onboarding Process

Finally, hiring the right person is only one step to creating long-term employee success. Make sure you have a solid onboarding process that allows your new hire to get up to speed, learn about your company and feel part of the team right from day one. Doing so will enhance retention and keep your hiring efforts on point for the future.

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If you’re in need of assistance with hiring and onboarding, Pivot HR is here to help. We’re proud to offer comprehensive hiring services, as well as team development and much more. Contact us today to learn how we can help your team grow with ease!

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