Whenever the hiring process comes around again, you can guarantee two things.
1. A sense of nervousness in any job applicants sitting before a potential new employer.
2. A sense of nervousness in the employer, hoping that he (or she) doesn't make a blunder by choosing the wrong person.
For the context of this article, we are going to consider the latter.
If you're an employer, and especially if you are about to hire a new employee anytime soon, it's important that you don't make any mistakes in the process. Your new hire should be somebody who will potentially profit your company, and not somebody who will bring it down. And your new hire should be somebody who fits into an already cohesive team, and not somebody who tears it asunder.
With the above in mind then, here are the things you need to look out for when hiring a new employee.
#1: Evidence of training and qualifications
Of course, you can pay for training once your new hire starts, or you can take steps to train up your new hire yourself, but to save yourself both time and money, it's worth bringing somebody aboard who already has the training and qualifications behind them. And not only that, of course, but knowing they have what it takes to do their job well, you have the assurance that they are going to benefit your company. You wouldn't want to hire somebody to work on your accountancy team without the correct credentials, for example, because without a graduate degree or an advanced online masters in accounting, you probably shouldn't trust them with your finances. So, before the interview stage, check over any resumés for signs of training, and make sensible decisions when shortlisting.
#2: Evidence of long term potential
Imagine going through the time-consuming and expensive processes of hiring somebody, only to see them disappear six months down the line. While there might be very good reasons for the employee to leave, they might also have made this a habit during the course of their employment history. So, check each hires resumé carefully, and if you notice a past littered with short-term job roles, you need to consider why. It might be that the applicant has been fired regularly, or it could be that the employee places little value on supporting the long-term growth of the businesses they have worked for. You need to investigate because you don't want to make a mistake and then have to start the hiring process all over again.
#3: Evidence of passion and enthusiasm
You might not pick this up in a resumé, but it should be apparent at the job interview. If the applicant shows passion for your business and your mission statement, and if he is enthusiastic about the prospect of working for you, then these are signs that they may be the right fit. On the other hand, if they can't muster up any reason as to why they want to work for you (other than a paycheque), and if they know little about your business or its values, then you might want to think twice before hiring. You see, it's important to hire somebody who both cares for your business and who has the fire and drive to work hard for you. Your business should then profit as a consequence.
So, the next time the hiring process rolls around again, consider what we have said today. Your new hire should improve and profit your business, so look for the signs that suggest they might be able to do so!