When I ran my own businesses, I kissed “a lot of frogs.” I read resumes until my eyes were blurry and interviewed candidates until I was tired of talking. This led to a lot of wasted time and few quality employees.
Hiring for a team is the most important activity to get right in growing a company. Don’t waste time in areas that will not yield results. At Mashable, Josh Tolan, CEO of Spark Hire wrote that a quality hiring process starts with a very detailed online job description. He says to “make it crystal clear what qualifications, experience and skill sets are needed to perform the job functions. Take a page out of the Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) handbook and don’t be afraid to use keywords." List what the exact experience that is needed. Without a clear job description, a very large number of unqualified candidates will apply for the job which will waste hours of time.
It is also important to talk about money in the job description. By telling the candidate exactly what the compensation is and how it is paid, the company will filter out anyone who expects to earn more or who may not be comfortable with this type of structure. Do social media research on the candidate even before doing a phone interview. A few searches of their name can help any small-business owner determine whether they will fit the culture of the company.
Finally, Tolan suggests that conducting an upfront “one-way video interview” will save time. This works by having employers send questions they want to be answered on video by the candidate. When that video is sent to the employer, they can quickly decide if the job candidate is a fit even before ever talking to them on the phone.
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