How To Find The Right Candidate For The Job

Top 10 Tips for Identifying the Right Candidate

Pre-Interview

1 — Identify Your Ideal Candidate BEFORE Going to Market

Rookie hiring managers often don’t properly consider what their ideal candidate looks like until the night before a job interview. That’s too late when you consider that most of the battle is attracting the right people to your job advert in the first place.

2 — Write Clear and Concise Job Adverts

Job adverts should be easy to understand, which means free of company-specific jargon and not too long. 300–500 words are about sufficient. It’s long enough to get the point across about who you want to attract, what you want them to do for your business and what you can offer them in return.

3 — Work on Your Employer Brand

Adding a careers page to your already existing website is a great place to start with employer branding. Quality careers pages explain:

  • The employee experience your existing workforce enjoys
  • What jobs you have available
  • How candidates can apply for them
  • How your business will reward people if they choose to work for you

4 — Ask For Referrals

Good people tend to attract people like themselves. Therefore, if you want to attract more great people, your existing team members could be an untapped goldmine.

5 — Use Talent Pools

Every so often, hiring managers come across a candidate who is the perfect culture fit for their business. However, they’re just not suitable for the role they’re interviewing for. While it seems a crying shame to let them go, companies can’t just create jobs for people they like.

During the Interview

6 — Use Your Questions Wisely

In times of skills shortage, you may not find individuals who match your criteria 100%. Alternatively, you may be about to launch a project that requires knowledge of new technology. Either way, if you’re interviewing candidates who don’t possess all the skill requirements for the job, focus instead on identifying potential over technical ability.

7 — Pay Attention To Interviewees

The questions applicants ask in a job interview can give you a great insight into what’s important to them and what they want out of their career. Therefore, you should always invite questions at the end of an interview and pay attention to the answers they give.

8 — Take Care With Culture

Hiring for culture fit is tricky. Of course, employers want to hire people who are a good fit for their existing team, but that doesn’t mean that they have to fit the mould exactly. Hiring diversity can introduce new ideas and ways of thinking to your team. In turn, this can accelerate problem-solving and improve creative thinking among your existing team.

Post Interview

9 — Run Background Checks

Candidate screening goes beyond the interview process. What’s more, the background checks your company runs on prospective employees shouldn’t just include reference checks.

10 — Conduct Probation Reviews

Probation reviews allow employers to review a new employees performance. If they’re not doing entirely as well as you hope by this point, this is the time to nip it in the bud. Once their employment progresses beyond this stage, it becomes harder to take remedial action.

A Few Final Thoughts on Finding the Right Candidate for the Job

The journey to hiring top candidates starts way before the interview and continues way beyond. Shifting your focus from filling empty seats to candidate attraction and retention can make recruiting and hiring a less stressful experience.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog