Patricia “Patra” Frame is an experienced management consultant, speaker and author on human capital issues at Strategies for Human Resources. Patra will be presenting “Hiring Smart” on April 3, 2012 at Alexandria SBDC; register here and come to this must-attend presentation for all small businesses and nonprofits who have limited Human Resources staffing.
Your organization’s future depends on hiving the right people to achieve your plans and grow successfully. Hiring effectively is step one.
How well prepared are you to hire the right people? Hiring is hard work and takes preparation and knowledge. You need to know how to attract the best people, to convert potential candidates into actual applicants, and to assess whether a person can do the job successfully in your organization.
Have you had any training or spent the time to study hiring extensively? Or do you fall prey to every blog post and business article on the most recent ‘do this’ trick? We often think ‘I hired people in my old company and so I know how’. But your process needs to support your mission, goals, and culture. You need to understand more about the hiring process than you ever did in another company so that you have an effective process. And then you need to ensure everyone involved in hiring understands how to interview and evaluate candidates.
So many job postings I see are boring lists of requirements. Yet we wonder why we do not get good candidates. Are yours the exception? Then, too often we rely on ‘big-name’ sources to post our job ads, without knowing which sources are best for our needs.
If you have an application process in place, have you tried using it to apply for a job at your company from an outside computer? How does it work? What does your process say about your organization? Does it encourage those you want or discourage them?
Do you, and anyone else involved in interviewing, know how to do that well so you can assess each person? And, are you good at checking references? Selecting the best match for your needs?
Learning to hire effectively and putting good processes in place can be done easily and pays big dividends. Whether you rely on direct learning, hire a consultant to assist, or add trained recruiting staff, a little effort will significantly enhance your organization’s future.