I won’t lie. Hiring is a stressful and expensive process.
Whether it’s a new employee, subcontractor or even vendor, each time you go through it, it costs you in many ways:
Here are 3 tips to help you find the right person:
It’s important that the core values, work ethics and personality of the individual align with the company and the work group. You can teach technical skills, but it’s difficult to train on the soft skills. If they don’t naturally fit into the company culture, they will always be out of place.
2. Alignment with other team members
People don’t work in complete isolation so it’s important to understand the players. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the individual and how will they fit with the team? A solid team will complement each other with minimal effort. A bad fit will negatively affect productivity and morale.
3. Validating your first impressions
Your total interaction with a prospective hire is maybe a few hours. Getting a second opinion and calling references will validate your first impressions. Hiring based on a defined probationary period allows you to test the waters. Don’t hesitate to pull the plug if it doesn’t feel right.
Your team will make you or break you. Choose them carefully! If you are not experienced in this area, ask for help from professionals. It will save you time, money and stress in the long run.