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By Dr. Ilene RinglerSchool of Business and Information Technology Full-Time FacultyPublished February 2016
The talent wars are here. Even in an economic downturn, hiring top talent should be a top priority for all business owners. One of the big problems that companies of all sizes and types are facing is the increasing shortage of talent. There are millions of "job seekers" who are just "looking for a job" or a "paycheck," but to ensure that your company gets the best talent, you need to have a good process in place to find strong candidates in this ever-competitive marketplace.
This easy-to-use 3-step process can help increase your confidence in interviewing and hiring employees. Using a consistently applied process shows many benefits, including:
The three steps are:
Step 1: Determine what is important for a successful match
Step 2: Implement a consistent process to determine "best fit"
Step 3: Analyze the information to determine next steps
How do you know what is important? Create an "importance profile." A job description is your key tool here. If your company has formal job descriptions, this step will be a snap. If there are no job descriptions in your company then read on below to determine the core elements you can use to create one. There are also many websites which contain templates that you can use to get started. The job description will contain a wealth of information that you can use in to prepare for the interview with the job candidate.
Jobs have two components, both of which must be included in the selection process: "The Whats" and "The Hows."
Creating a clear and consistent list of skills and knowledge that will be needed for success on the job will help you evaluate candidates fairly and consistently. It is also a roadmap for you to follow when screening applications and interviewing, reducing the time spent in preparation.
The job interview is the first live contact the potential employee will have with your company. Keep in mind that the best talent will be sought after by many companies-your ability to show the candidate that you will be the best choice is critical. There are a few key items for you to remember in this step.
Create an atmosphere that will:
Finally, you should take notes that will aid you in analyzing the information that you collected and support legally defensible decision making
You have finished your interview and now need to determine what next steps are appropriate. Using the importance profile you created in step 1, analyze the responses you were able to obtain in the interview and ask these important questions;
Depending on your answer you will come to one of these three conclusions:
Remember top talent is in demand. If you can implement this 3-step process and use it consistently, you could help increase your chances of being the first place choice for employees who can increase your business success.
Dr. Ilene Ringler is a full-time faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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