Finding the Best People For Your Team
Recruiting the best people for your team.
In theory, recruitment should be simple, and many managers
perform the same routine: they write a job description, put an ad
in the newspaper or online, wait for the résumés to
arrive, and then hire the person they like the best.
It all sounds so simple. But there's usually more to the process
just "picking the best." How will you know if a candidate is likely
to get on with the rest of the team, or with your organization's
culture? What if a candidate doesn't accurately describe their
skills, and so, in reality, is incapable of doing the job? And how
can you make sure that the best people apply for a position?
Recruitment mistakes waste time, money, and organizational
resources, and they can really hold a team back. This is why
learning how to recruit effectively is such a smart move for
managers. Indeed, recruiting is one of the most important jobs that
a manager does, and its one of the main ways in which good managers
differentiate themselves from bad ones.
Why Effective Recruitment Matters
There are many reasons why it's worth the extra time and effort
to recruit effectively. For example:
- The right people in the right roles will be more
productive – They'll also be less likely to leave
the organization. High staff turnover is a serious problem for you,
as their manager, as well as for your team and your
- A poor hiring decision may cause stress and conflict
within your team – If your new recruit has
personality issues or isn't a "team player," this may lower
productivity for everyone.
- You'll save time and resources – Just
think about the last time you or your organization made a hiring
mistake. The person hired took time, money, and energy away from
the team and the company for months, or even years. Plus, if you
make a hiring mistake, you'll have to go through the recruitment
process all over again!
So, it pays to put real effort into getting the hiring decision
The Open Position
Before you start looking for a new candidate, follow these
- Speak with your human resources department
– If your organization already has a recruitment procedure,
make sure you follow it. Your human resources department can also
provide advice and support during the recruitment process.
- Examine the type of role you want to fill
– For instance, do you need a full-time team member, or would
a part-time person be better? Is the role suited for contract or freelance work? (Freelancers are
often easier to manage than permanent staff.)
- Create a complete job description – It's
important to be as detailed as possible when writing this. An
accurate job description will help you find the right candidate,
and will communicate your expectations for the new role. (If you
already have a job description for the role, this may be a good
time to review it and update it.)
- Determine performance criteria – For an
existing position, look at existing criteria, and any past
advertisements your organization has used. If it's a new position,
you'll likely have to create everything yourself. If you're the
manager who will oversee the new recruit, what will be the person's
responsibilities be, and what results would you like to see in the
first month, first six months, and first year?
- Talk to the person currently in the position, if
possible, or, if it's a new position, then talk to team
members who are doing similar work. Make sure that the job
description is accurate, and that performance criteria actually
reflect the reality of the role.
- Gather information about your corporate mission and
culture – Why is this important? Suppose your
corporate culture is very rigid and strict. Recruits who come from
organizations that are more relaxed or creative might not be happy
with such a big change. So you'll need to address issues like these
during the recruitment process.
Remember, the more information you and the candidates have
access to, the likelier you are to find the right person for the
job. So make sure that all relevant information is available.
There are now more options than ever for recruiting new staff.
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