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Hiring the Right People

Posted by Erin Borgerson on November 14, 2012

The seemingly easy task of hiring the right person for the job really isn't all that, well...easy. Have you been reviewing resume after resume without any sticking out? Or maybe you've come across quite a few "perfect" resumes, but when you bring the candidate in for an interview, you're far from impressed. Whatever the case may be, there's no denying that a bad hire costs more than just time. Mashable found that one in four employers report spending over $50,000 on each bad hire (yikes!). 

Let's avoid that pitfall (and save $50,000) by hiring the right person! How? Just like this...

Review and re-review each resume and cover letter

Before you even open the documents, check to see what name the candidate saved it under. Does it say Maggie Coffey - Sales Resume? Chances are good there's another resume floating around out there called Maggie Coffey - Public Relations Resume, so it's imperative you use extreme caution when reviewing such resumes. 

Our their any grammer mistakes? Assuming that the majority of candidates create their cover letter using Word (or similar software), there is absolutely no excuse to have misspelled words. Even in cases of our/are, their/there/they're and effect/affect, Word typically does a good job of alerting the user that errors are present. If a candidate doesn't take the time to adjust these errors, do you really want them working for you?

Ask the right questions (and take notes) 

hiring the right people

Don't just ask those cliché interview questions about strengths and weaknesses. Most candidates assume that you'll ask those questions, so they rehearse their answers ahead of time. Instead, ask questions that will help uncover the candidate's work ethic and personality. By not asking such direct questions, candidates are challenged to be more creative and show their true personality. 

And remember to take notes during the interview! By doing so, you don't have to rely on your memory and it makes it much easier to score each candidate after the interview. If you haven't already, check out our blog on interview score sheets

Keep culture-fit in mind

When it comes down to it, you can train employees to do almost anything. On the other hand, you can't adjust their personalities. Finding a candidate who fits in with the company culture is not only good for morale, but it increases the rate of productivity. So even if a candidate with a good sense of humor isn't familiar with all the software you use, it's important to decide if it is worth your time to train them in order to maintain that great company culture you've worked so hard to build. 

For those candidates who make it to the last round of interviews, be sure to give them some insight on your company culture. Do people ride around the office on scooters? Tell them. Does the office stay quiet or do co-workers chat while getting their work done? Let the candidate know. You don't want to scare them away on their first day of work. Or worse, you don't want a new hire to negatively affect your great company culture.

Most importantly, don't become intimidated by the thought of having to hire the right candidate. By following our tips, you'll know when you come across the right candidate. 

Bonus tip: Look for candidates who encompass these four characteristics!

four super elements


Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today!

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Erin Borgerson

About the Author

Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.