June 28, 2011

The process of hiring great employees vs. Good employees

No employer wants to feel that they are hiring the sloppy seconds that got left over, when all the great job positions got filled up. However, there are still a lot of great employees out there. An employer simply needs to employ some great tactics to weed out the great employees, from the good or mediocre employees. Here are five points to consider.

  • 1. Review the length of tenure at the job, when you are reviewing a candidate’s resume. Stay away from candidates with a lot of job gaps, such as tenure less than a year. This could indicate a lack of commitment.
  • 2. If there are gaps in employment, question them. If they have been out of work for very long periods of time, it could indicate a criminal background in their record.
  • 3. If there are “overlaps” on the resume, then question these. While a candidate could have worked two jobs at once, or it could be a typo, the candidate could be inventing their employment history. Do a complete background check, with regards to the employment history.
  • 4. Keep a copy of your job description when you are conducting the interview. Use it like a checklist. The right candidate will match up to all, or at least most, of what is on your “checklist.”
  • 5. Make a pile of resumes of perfect candidates, and then a pile of resumes from the good candidates. Then, start making phone calls and qualifying. Listen to your gut instincts. The person for the position should match up to what is on paper. A candidate for a receptionist position should sound pleasant, polished, and professional, for example.

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