Securing the right candidate is important in any industry. You will most likely receive hundreds of applications, so narrowing it down to just a few for the interview can be tough and slightly daunting.
The hiring process requires a lot of time and effort, but when done correctly, it's more than worth it! We have put together some tips to help you secure the perfect candidate.
1. What are the candidate’s aspirations and how do they fit within the job on offer?
Understanding your candidate’s goals and aspirations is very important. Do they want to grow and develop within the company or are they willing to just settle for what they get? How will this role help them with their aspirations? If they are looking at developing their career, how will they do so?
Asking the candidate these questions in the interview helps you get a better understanding of the person you could potentially hire. This will help to decide whether or not they’re a good fit.
2. Set the candidate a mock task or project
Setting them a task doesn’t have to be timely or difficult. Ask the candidate to complete a small task relevant to the job role and ask for their feedback afterwards. This will give you a better understanding of how the candidate manages their workload and will also allow the candidate to get a better understanding of the work they could possibly be doing.
They may realise afterwards that this job role isn’t for them. Some examples of projects include scheduling a meeting in a busy week, writing a blog on an upcoming work event, or picking a venue for the Christmas party. The answers will not be perfect and you don’t have to use them, but it will help you get a better understanding of how they work and think.
3. Always keep CVs on record
Keeping a record of the applicant’s CV allows you to keep your options open when it comes to hiring at a later date. Just because they’re not the right fit for the current position, it doesn’t mean they won’t fit another. However, make sure that you are keeping within the GDPR guidelines and only keep the record for a maximum of 6 months.
4. Look at their social media
Social media is great for doing background checks on near enough anybody! This is something lots of employers already do. It can really help you get a better understanding of a candidate's hobbies, interests and personality.
5. Consider hiring internally
Hiring an employee internally can be one of the most beneficial options when it comes to finding the perfect candidate. You will already have a good idea of their skills, coping mechanisms, strengths and weaknesses, which can't always be said for new candidates until they start working for your company.
We hope these tips help you to secure the perfect candidate and make the hiring process a little easier!