You have built your brand from the ground up – now it’s time to build yourself an A-team to transform your business. Hiring the right people for the job is one of the key components of managing a modern business.
In theory, building the best team is so simple – you just need to hire the right people, assign them to the right position, and devote the necessary resources to see them succeed. But you can’t just swim through applications and interviews and expect to end up with the best of the best. Here are five essential hiring tips to build the best team.
Set a Clear Vision
First things first, you will need goals to build a productive team, but establishing the right ones will be tricky. Set SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Put them down on paper to give you confidence that you can achieve what you set out to do.
On the same note, create an action plan that clearly identifies priorities and breaks down the goal into milestones that can be tracked. Now work your way back to find the right people for each task.
Creating a compelling job description is crucial if you want to attract the right people to apply for a position in your team. The secret is to strike a balance between providing as much information as possible to help applicants to understand what they are applying for while keeping the description concise. Add a job title and open with a strong, attention-grabbing job summary. Remember to include a concise list of responsibilities and expectations the candidate must meet
Use Employee Referrals
Instead of the traditional route of hiring, you can always ask your existing team members to recommend new hires. The central premise here is that your staff is a better judge of character and is therefore in a better position to tell whether a candidate is a good fit for your company. They can assess whether a candidate will be in sync with the company culture and possess what it takes to help the team meet its goals. Some companies take assessments even further. The AT&T employee assessment tests are known for focusing on test modules. However, this isn’t something you can put in the works overnight, it takes a great deal of planning and preparation, goals and incentives, as well as rules and processes
Prioritize Intelligence over Experience
Some candidates will be really experienced – they have been down the same road before, and they’ll know exactly what to do if the same matter emerges. Then you have the intelligent, those who can look at a situation and come up with an original plan to get things done.