Posted by : Amanda Stein Thursday, December 6, 2012
As a business owner, decision making is a crucial part of your day to day responsibilities. One of the major areas requiring keen decision making skills is the hiring of new employees. Choosing the right employee to fill a vacancy in your team can create success while poor choices could create disaster. Due to this fact, understanding how to sift through the stack of applications on their desk and find the right employee for their company is of vital importance to successful entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, many very intelligent business people lack an understanding of recruiting procedures and this often leads to poor hiring decisions. If you find yourself in this group, the following tips may be able to reduce the headaches associated with finding and hiring the right employee for your organization.
Sorting Through The Clutter
If your business has any kind of reputation for success in the community you serve, your desk is likely to be cluttered with applications from dozens of individuals seeking work. The first step in finding the right employee to fit the available position on your team is eliminating the wrong applicants from the process. Take the time to give each of the applications a brief review and sort them into three stacks; good prospects for the current opening, prospects who would be better suited to another position in your company and applicants who aren't likely to fit your present or future hiring needs. Then, file the last two stacks accordingly and focus your attention on the prospective employees who are able to fill the currently available position.
Skill And Experience Are Valuable Assets
On your initial review of applicants, it is very likely that you will encounter a few common phrases, such as "quick learner" or "willing to train". While it is a wonderful thing to give young, untrained workers the opportunity to learn a trade, it can also be very expensive from the perspective of a business owner. Unless your business is doing well enough to afford the losses associated with training interns, you are probably better off hiring the applicant who includes a resume listing their professional training and work experience. While you will still have some training involved to orientate the individual to your company, a seasoned worker with an established skill set is going to require less of an investment than a fresh hire with no formal training or work experience. In addition, experienced workers bring the lessons they have learned in working with other companies with them and they are often willing to share useful information or techniques that they have learned, which may help your company avoid some of the pitfalls that litter the path to success.
By the same reasoning, this doesn't mean that a fresh college graduate is unable to fill a position in your company. In some businesses, such as technology related companies, recent college graduates may actually have more of the current skills needed for the job opening that is available in your business. To put things in perspective, you wouldn't want to use your cell phone to compose your college thesis when you had a computer available and you wouldn't use your computer to make a phone call when your phone was handy. Different jobs require different skill sets and abilities. To successfully choose the right employee for the job you have available, you need to understand what the current job opening requires in the way of skills and experience and then adjust your hiring parameters around these requirements.
The Difference Between Being Driven And Being Persistent; And Why Your New Hire Should Be Both
Driven individuals want to succeed. They see the prize and they do everything within their power to reach that goal. They take risks. They cringe at the thought of failure. While this often leads driven individuals to make rapid advancement in business, the personality of the driven individual often leaves them unable to cope with failure when a desired outcome isn't achieved within their preset time frame.
Persistent people are also enamored with succeeding in their chosen venture but there is one subtle difference; they recognize that failure is not a stopping point but merely an obstacle to work around. A persistent individual will continue to try different methods to circumvent a problem long after most people have declared the obstacle to be impassable. These individuals are not risk takers like the driven personality types. These employees are content to keep working on a certain level while looking for methods to move forward without stepping outside of their safety zone.
When hiring the best employee for your company, you want to find candidates who offer the best from both of these personality traits. While the driven individual may experience quick success and upward movement, large obstacles can stop them dead in their tracks. An individual that is merely persistent, however, may plod along at a singular pace for years, seeking no upward advancement but not falling behind the plateau of performance either. Finding applicants who possess both qualities ensures that your new employee will provide an accelerating force that drives your company towards success but will also be tempered with the ability to handle disappointments or obstacles along the way without becoming disenchanted with your companies goals.
While hiring the right new employees for your company can be a challenge, it doesn't have to be a difficult one. By understanding your companies needs, as well as the hiring objectives and job requirements for your current team openings, you can make excellent hiring decisions and recruit the right employees for your company every time.
James Zachary helps Security Guard firms hire the right employees. He has also written an industry leading Security Guard Guide which covers state by state requirements.