The New Year brings new opportunities, and new opportunities may require new employees. Once the decision to hire a new employee has been made, what can HR and management do to hire an individual who meets the skills and qualifications required of the job and best matches the organization’s values and culture? Below are a few
best practices to find the fit you are looking for:
Know the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required of the job. Review the job description to verify that it is current. Reviewing the job description with position incumbents and the hiring manager is the best way to determine its accuracy. If the job is new to the organization, HR will need to complete a job analysis and write a job description.
Discuss the company’s values and culture. Organizations can also have subcultures across departments, so be sure to brainstorm with appropriate personnel to determine how the successful applicant will need to behave and function in the organization and department to be effective in the job and in the organization. Design core interview questions to elicit the information necessary to find the right fit for the job. You will not only need to write questions to discover an applicant’s KSAs, but you will also need questions to determine each applicant’s compatibility with the organization’s values and culture. For example, if you determine that the individual needs to be able to function autonomously in the job, write interview questions to determine how each applicant prefers to complete their work – as part of a group or on their own.
Design a scoring system for the answers you expect to receive from applicant. This will help to determine which applicants will move to the next round in the interviewing process. The interview is not the only tool available to assist you in finding the applicant who is the best fit for your company. Determine other tools you want to use to make your hiring decision. You can also add cover letters, pre-employment tests, and background checks to your hiring toolkit.
Don’t fall into the trap of hiring just anyone to fill a position. These types of hires generally don’t work out, and when they don’t, you will need to go through the expense of filling the position again. Hiring to get the right fit makes for a happy, successful new employee, which, in turn, builds upon the success of the organization. If you would like to learn more about hiring for the right fit, enroll in our Interviewing and Hiring seminar, which we offer several times throughout the year.