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Hiring the right staff is crucial for your business. The employees you hire reflect on your brand and people judge brands by the quality of people they hire, a lot. So how do you hire the right employee for your business? Read on to find out.

  1. Hire someone that is committed to their career.

Look out for people that are dedicated and committed to their career. As much as possible, avoid those types of people that switch careers and jobs frequently, just to get a higher salary.

When a candidate is not loyal to any career or company, hiring this person could pose as a problem for your business in time.

Always remember to check the candidate’s job duration in previous jobs and if they switch jobs frequently, then they might not be the right staff for your company.

  1. Assess the candidate’s learning and analytical skills.

Don’t assess candidates just by their resume and confidence. A resume could contain lies sometimes. Try to use different methods to assess your candidates learning and analytical skills.

In addition to a great resume and confidence, you want a candidate that has the right skills and educational requirements.

  1. Assess the candidate’s social skills.

How well will this candidate relate with the other staff after he’s been hired? You want an employee that fits in with your company’s culture.

Assess whether the candidate has the necessary social skills needed to get along with others, especially with current employees and managers. Ask questions to see how well they’ve been getting along with previous and current colleagues.

If he cannot get along with his previous and current clients, bosses, and colleagues, then hiring him might not be the best thing for your company.

  1. Keep improving your hiring process.

Make sure you follow these steps when hiring new employees:

  • Ask questions that would let you know the capabilities, skills, knowledge, attitude, confidence and potential of the candidate, rather than directionless questions.
  • When advertising job vacancies for your company, make sure that all the job requirements like the responsibilities, required education, experience, knowledge and skills needed for the job are articulated clearly. This would help you attract applicants that meet all your requirements and with your candidate assessment.
  • Involve other people in the interview and selection process. Other opinions matter in selecting the right candidate, too.
  1. If your interns are good, hire them to fill up permanent positions.

A lot of people might disagree with this, but hiring interns is one of the best ways to hire the right employee for your business.

You’ve already done the hard work in selecting the right intern for your business, so why not hire the best of them to fill permanent positions?

You already know their skills, knowledge, confidence levels, strengths, weaknesses, attitudes, behavior and even practical evidence of work. What else do you need to know? Hire them if they’re good.

  1. Check out the candidate’s social presence.

The human resources team of your company should check out and assess the candidate’s social media presence.  Check their LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

It’s much more effective than asking awkward personal questions and you can get a lot of information by simply researching their social presence. It’s becoming increasingly popular for companies to recruit through social media platforms, too.

All the best in your business!

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