Hiring new employees: how to hire the right talent for your team

Addison Group

When you’re ready to bring on a new employee to your team, it’s important that you get it right. A bad hiring decision can hurt your team’s efficiency and morale. On the other hand, a good hire can boost productivity and team spirit.

For more than 20 years, Addison Group has been placing top talent for clients across the country. We’ve put together some helpful tip to guide you when making your next hire.

Hiring new employees: setting expectations

You’ve identified that you have a need to expand your team. Before you make the open role available for candidates to apply, determine the specific skill gaps you’re looking to fill. For example, if you’re looking for someone to manage your company’s social media, go deeper than a simple search for candidates with social media experience.  Think about what you’re trying to accomplish with your company’s social media and dial in the experience and skills needed to accomplish those goals.

Once you’ve done that, begin thinking about the type of personality you envision for that role, both professionally and personally. Identify the characteristics you think will allow someone in this role to thrive.

But don’t be too closed-minded. Not only could this lead to longer hiring processes, but sometimes true character doesn’t come across through interviews.  

Being open-minded allows the hiring process to run smoother and lowers frustrations. Keep in mind that the perfect candidate doesn’t exist, but the best one for you is out there.

Taking time to truly assess your needs and the personality type you envision in the position is an important step in making a good hiring decision. Failing to do so can result in a hire that is not a good fit for your team.

Hiring new employees: clearly define responsibilities in the job description

A common mistake hiring managers make is not clearly defining the responsibilities of the job. This can create confusion, stress, and an inefficient hiring process. You don’t want to waste a candidate’s time, or your own, only for them to decline an offer because the job was not what they thought they were applying for.

Hiring new employees: uncovering personalities and skillsets

Both personality and skillset should be considered when hiring employees. A great personality and attitude can make up for a lack of skills. And a great skillset can often outweigh a more subdued personality. How do you determine who has what you’re looking for?

  1. How will your skillset help you be successful in this position?
  2. Give some examples of your previous successes in a similar position.
  3. Personality is a big factor when hiring employees. Culture fit can make or break an employee’s morale, as well as affect their ability and willingness to perform to their maximum potential. Throughout the interview process, make sure you ask questions that highlight a candidate’s personal characteristics like strengths and weaknesses, curiosity, and dedication to development. There are dozens of resources available online for personality-focused interview questions.

Hiring employees is one of the biggest steps towards growing your business, so it’s imperative to do your due diligence when setting up your job post. Strategy is an important part of the hiring process. Avoiding common mistakes and having a clear picture of what you need for the role will help you make the right decision.

Need help finding the right person for your team? Addison Group is here to help you. For more than 20 years, we’ve been focused on quality not quotas. That means finding someone who is a perfect match for your team, not just who’s available. Connect with us today to find your next great employee.


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