August 24, 2017
The quality of your employees can make or break your business. They are the faces and voices with whom your customers interact. They are the cogs that keep your company machine moving ever forward. And they are the thinkers and doers—the ones delivering your brand to the marketplace. For these reasons and more, you cannot succeed without your employees. So when it comes time to hire new staff, it’s essential to be thorough!
Steps to assess candidate qualifications
A good candidate brings with them all of the following: experience, education, talent, soft skills and a willingness to learn, all while being a good match with your company culture. But how can you know if a candidate is a good fit? It helps to thoroughly vet a hiring choice before you extend an employment offer. You can do this through:
- Background screening. This includes education and past employment checks.
- Reference checks. Be sure a candidate can back up what they say with they can do.
- Drug screening. This is essential to protect your current employees, customers and reputation.
- Ask the right questions to help you uncover top talent in your industry.
- Skills competency testing. Check for knowledge in key areas, as required by your open job opportunity.
It’s also important to be swift
Now that you know how to uncover red flags, it’s important to plan for hiring efficiency. You must be swift because talented candidates can (and will) be scooped up by a competitor if your hiring process is too long. So—what can you do to find the right candidates, quickly and accurately?
The advantages of a staffing partner
Staffing agencies are experts at what they do—helping their clients find talented, qualified new employees. Recruiters have access to deep databases of candidates, helping you locate both active and passive potential employees. This helps ensure you find the best of the best for your open position—a candidate who possesses all the qualifications needed to do the job. Plus, recruiters handle many aspects of the hiring process: from finding candidates to screening, interviewing, hiring and even onboarding. Working with a recruiter, you can find qualified talent much faster than searching on your own. And a good hiring match helps you prevent employee turnover and the costs associated with replacing an employee.
In your search for the right talent, a staffing agency is an invaluable partner.
Inter-Connect is your number one choice in the Tri-State area!
If you’re looking for qualified, talented employees, let us help! We work with employers to understand your staffing needs, help you devise a staffing plan and hire the employees you need for short- and long-term success. If you’re currently in search of staff for office/clerical, industrial, technical and professional/managerial work, contact one of our experienced recruiters today to learn more.