For many businesses, the people come on a rather regular rotation. In fact, you might look at it as a revolving door.
Others, meantime, are rather meticulous in the individuals they hire, looking to keep people for many years to come.
No matter how you approach the hiring process, take note that the costs to retrain employees over and over again add up more than you may think. As a result, spending a little more time on making sure you are getting the best employees possible should be a priority.
Taking Time to Review Each Candidate Carefully
So that you can see which prospective employees take the time to turn in a professional resume and cover letter and which ones do not, along with giving you an interview to remember (for all the right reasons) note these items:
- Professionalism – First and foremost, how professional are the resumes that you are receiving? If they look like individuals spent time and effort putting them together, great. On the other hand, resumes looking like they were thrown together in a hurry typically tell you one thing. That is that the individual did not put a lot of emphasis on making a good first impression with you. Take that one step further, would they make a good first impression on a customer? There are typically some signs to look for in seeing how much time and effort went into the resume and cover letter process. For one, a resume writing service pro is not going to give its client a resume that has notable errors in it, let alone is badly worded. It will also be neatly organized, highlighting the client’s most recent work experience, experience that is relative to the job they are applying for. Lastly, the resume will be spaced appropriately, making it easy to follow for the intended employer. If any of these areas are not emphasized, you’re likely looking at a prospective employee who either was not capable of putting together a winning resume on their own or didn’t care who in fact produced it for them;
- Skillset – Unless you’re hiring someone to work in a factory or do construction (along with some other jobs), you are typically going to want employees who have some skills for the digital age. This can be anything from overseeing running an online store for your business to promoting your brand on social media etc. While there is more to that of course, the point is that having an online skillset is all but a necessity in today’s workforce. If someone comes to you without these kinds of skills, you can of course always train them, but at what cost to you and your business? Having someone come in with these skills already under their belt makes a big difference;
- Attitude – Finally, what kind of attitude are you sensing from those you interview for careers with your company? As good as the credentials on the resume may be, the attitude one brings into the interviewing process is critical. Do the individuals seem excited about the possibility of working with you? Are they interested in learning about the company or just what the salary and benefits would be? Do they seem like the kind of people who would roll up their sleeves and help co-workers out? As many company heads can tell you, personalities oftentimes outshine skills in making for a cohesive workplace.
If you’ve felt in recent times like you have not exactly been hiring the highest quality individuals, change that outcome as you move forward.
No, there isn’t a 100 percent guarantee that the person you offer a job to is a lock to be both very talented and with you for many years to come. If the process were that easy, many business owners would sleep a lot better at night.
Try your best to gauge the mindset of each and every person who comes through your doors for an interview.
In doing that, you could very well have an improved feel for getting the best employees possible.
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About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.