“…the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
– Mia Hamm, Hall of Fame American Soccer Player

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is hiring employees. It’s essential to get the right people working at the right jobs so that you can move the company forward toward its stated objectives.

Interviewing candidates takes time and effort, but better to invest the effort up front than to deal with someone long-term who is not right for the job. Many of our clients have told us they put off hiring for positions because they just don’t have enough time to wade through stacks of resumes.

Here are some tips to streamline the hiring process and help you find the cream of the crop:

1. Take some time to write a questionnaire about the available position. Include all the skills that the perfect candidate will need to be able to hit the ground running, such as computer software experience, sales experience, managing people. Be specific, and ask for what you need.
2. In the questionnaire, ask the candidate to rate him/herself from 1-10 on each of these specific skills. Be sure to make this questionnaire very comprehensive. You want your candidate to put some thought into the answers.
3. Place an ad for the position in publications or on networking sites where you are likely to get the attention of the candidates you want.
4. This is key – in your ad, ask them to email you to request the questionnaire. If you can attach the questionnaire to the ad via a link, that will save you some time. Instruct them to fill out the questionnaire and fax it back to you along with their resume and cover letter. Provide a deadline for this action to be complete.
5. See who can follow the instructions! We have heard from many clients who have asked candidates to follow simple instructions for submitting resumes. They will receive hundreds of resumes from people who neglect to complete the questionnaire or who don’t fax it back by the deadline. Those people have already de-selected themselves from the process because they didn’t follow instructions. If they aren’t listening to you before the interview, chances are they won’t listen on the job.
6. Only review the resumes of those who correctly followed your instructions in the ad. Of those, select the ones you want to pursue. Read their questionnaires to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie and be sure to discuss those topics in your interview.

When it comes to hiring employees, spending a little time up front will save you headaches later. With all the talent in the marketplace today, be sure that your business is hiring the best of the best. From there you can work with your employees to build the winning team that will help your company win the game of business.


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