New Hire Orientation Blog
Designing Teams to Propel Business Success: Tips for Hiring Top Talent
- August 9, 2020
- Posted by: New Hire Orientation
- Category: Hiring
Business success requires many things, not the least of which is having the right talent in place throughout your business. Sadly, many business owners and decision-makers take the wrong approach to hiring. From outsourcing hiring to resume-sorting software, the shift across most industries has been to fragment the hiring process. The result is anything but positive.
The good news is that it’s easier than many people think to attract and hire top talent and build a superior workforce. However, it does require understanding some pretty critical information and implementing specific steps within your hiring and recruiting processes. In this post, we’ll explore vital tips for hiring top talent to support business success.
Know the Position
First and foremost, you need to understand the position you’re trying to fill. After all, if you don’t get it, how will a new hire? How will you write a compelling job ad that entices top talent to give you a second look?
Know what’s involved in the position. Know how it integrates with other positions in the company, and how the duties and responsibilities help move the company forward. After all, you’re not just filling an empty position. You’re choosing an employee who will help the business grow and thrive.
Ask Your Leaders
Every department manager or team leader has that “one who got away” – the one employee they wanted to hire, but who, for whatever reason, chose to go another route. Ask your leaders who they would love to hire and then seek those candidates out. It could be the one who got away, or it could be someone with whom they deal regularly.
With the impact of COVID-19, many people are reconsidering their current employment. Some may have been the victims of downsizing or failed businesses. Now is the time to make an offer to those dream team candidates and get them on board.
Set High Hiring Standards
Hiring top talent requires that you have high standards. If the bar is too low, then anyone can cross the threshold. That puts you back into hiring “warm bodies to fill empty slots”, and that’s not a position you want to be in. Be choosy here.
Set your bar high, even if that means you have to deal with empty seats for longer than you would like. It’s all part of intentional hiring, rather than simply hiring to fill positions. Realize that when you bring focus and discipline to the hiring process, you get candidates who are better equipped to help support organizational greatness.
However, without focus and with an eye toward “just getting done”, you end up taking anyone who has the basic qualifications necessary for the position, but who may not have what it takes to grow the company. Develop standards for new hires and then insist that your leaders adhere to them.
Seek Out Talent in Hard-Hit Industries
COVID-19 has had a major impact on all industries. However, some have been much harder hit than others. Think hotels, restaurants, airlines, and recreation. These areas bore the brunt of it and have had to make more layoffs than any others. They’ve also seen the highest number of business closures/failures.
With the increasing number of businesses shuttering, it means that key people are now seeking employment. You can be the company to bring them on board. Create a task force specifically to seek out talented individuals in these industries and offer them a position within your firm.
Make Sure You’re an Employer of Choice
Let’s be clear about one thing – if you’re not an employer of choice, you can expect to be among the last picked by talented individuals seeking employment. It stands to reason that you should take steps to ensure your company is well-positioned then. How, though?
While there are many characteristics of an employer of choice, three of the most important include the following:
- Autonomy – Employees should have some degree of autonomy and control over their destinies with your business. That might be setting flexible work hours, or it could extend to deciding on the very processes they follow to achieve company goals.
- Mastery – Give employees a clear cut path upward. How will you help them learn, grow, and improve themselves? Clearly describe to potential new hires how you’ll help them develop mastery and rise through the ranks.
- Purpose – Directly related to mastery is purpose. What purpose does the position serve? How does that purpose relate to the job candidate’s personal goals and values? How do you help foster better work-life synergy for the candidate?
Don’t Always Look Outside Your Company
Creating a top-tier workforce requires that you do more than constantly hire outsiders. Instead, promote from within. When you help current employees move up to higher positions, you can then hire for entry-level positions within your company and create an upward-moving current.
Not only does that tie into your hiring strategy, but it provides clear evidence for new employees that your company values them and wants to help them become the best they can be. That ties in with both becoming an employer of choice and hiring the best talent. After all, where do you think the most talented individuals will go – to a company that doesn’t care about their future or one that actively helps them advance?
Make Sure They Match Your Company Culture
Sometimes you might find that the most qualified candidate is not the best suited for the position. If they don’t mesh with your company culture, it doesn’t matter what skills and capabilities they bring to the table. Ultimately, the poor fit will result in disaster.
Make sure that any candidates you hire fit your culture. Of course, that requires knowing what your company culture is in the first place and actively managing it. Without that knowledge, you’ll find that hiring top talent is increasingly difficult.
It’s Time to Start Building
While there are other pieces of the puzzle, you should have a good grasp of what’s necessary to hire top talent. With the right approach and an intentional commitment to hiring excellence, it becomes simpler to drive business success.