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Having the right approach before making a hire

Nov 02, 2011 Matt Roesly

Having the right approach before making a hire
One of the most challenging tasks that an entrepreneur, manager or executive faces while leading a business is assuring they have the right people hired to promote growth, Journal Interactive Milwaukee reports.
 Before placing a job advertisement through various hiring agencies, the news source suggests to have a solid plan in place. Providing a detailed job description and noting the needs of the company increases the likelihood the ideal candidate is hired. In a recent survey by SurePayroll, results showed 75 percent of business owners have made hiring mistakes that cost their companies thousands of dollars. One of the first things a human resources department or business leader should consider while analyzing a hire is their commitment and attitude toward the industry. Many candidates may have similarly optimal resumes, so the deciding factor may depend on whether the employee would fit in the company, the news source states. If possible, candidates should be interviewed by more than one leader in the company. Gaining more opinions on an individual will give the person in charge of hiring a clearer perspective of the candidate. Additionally, this allows the interviewee a fair shot at disclosing their worth in case they may have been hesitant or nervous during the initial interview. If the candidate shows values beneficial for the company, it's suggested by the news source to have them pass a skill-based or qualifying exam, as well as a drug test. In an economy that's unable to put forth substantial job opportunities, certain candidates may exaggerate their experience of a specific field - the best way to make sure this isn't the case is to test their knowledge. After the individual passes preliminary testing, a background screening should be administered, if it hasn't already. The candidate's work, educational, service and volunteer history can be examined. If a candidate offers references from previous work locations, contact a couple to gain an inside scoop of their reputation and under what circumstances they worked best. By analyzing the experience, attitude and knowledge of an applicant, a business leader will have a solid grasp of their value and make an educated decision. Ultimately, hiring a new employee always comes with a little risk, but it's better to make such tough decisions with the right approach, than blindly.