Valentine's Day is tomorrow. Whether you're single or have been married for 50 years, there's always one dating game you're in - the hiring dating game. Ok fine, it's not "dating," but bear with me here. You probably spend upwards of 45 hours at work each week. This means that you're spending more waking hours with your colleagues than your significant other. But the good thing about being the person in charge of hiring means you get to decide which new hires are best for the company. So how are you supposed to find your one true love employee?
Most people spend years dating before making any life-long committments, and in many ways hiring should be the same way. Now as a disclaimer, if you take too long to make a hiring decision then you risk losing the candidate to another company. However, it shouldn't be a decision you rush into. You want to make sure that you've fully evalulated every candidate. This means conducting a thorough interview process utilizing a guide (or script) and scorecard. And that's only the first part. Then you have to verify (see below).
Be Willing to Invest Money
It is absoluetly possible to hire on a budget, but you have to be smart about where you invest those funds. Job boards are a great tool to help attract applicants; however, it isn't necessary to post to every single board. Instead, do some research and pick your top two or three - perhaps one major job aggregator and one niche board.
You'll also want to invest in a tool that provides you interview guides and scorecards. These not only help you conduct a more thorough interview, but it keeps everything consistent between candidates.
Finally, it is imperative you set aside funds to use when it comes to the verification process.
Verify, Verify, Verify
Just do. Why? Because it can have the greatest impact on your hiring decision. Conducting a skills assesment, background check, and reference check will help you learn more about the candidate - for better and for worse.
But we don't want to bore you with all the nitty gritty the day before Valentine's Day. That is, unless you need an excuse to cancel that date. Or make yourself feel productive while sitting on your couch watching romantic comedies. So in that case, download our guide to verification below!