On how many occasions have you had an employee quit their job and then feel completely desperate to fill the slot that was just given up? Unfortunately, this is a very common occurrence in today’s modern workplace.
There are a few things you can do to help you get through these tough times while hiring a replacement for the job, but there is also a clear danger of recruiting just about anyone that walks through your office just to get the job filled. You must not do this!
Take all the time you need to hire the correct person for the position. The cost of employee turnover is a lot greater than most employers estimate, so your first line of defense should always be to make a great effort to keep your current employee, that is, if they were performing their job to a level that you deem acceptable.
If you are not successful in retaining your current employee, the following tips will help guide your employee selection:
1. Ensure that your other employees are made aware of the current job opening. A Referral from a current employee the majority of the time, bring in better prospects than cold candidates coming through your door.
2. If the position is not an entry level one, look at your current employees and decide if one of them would be a good choice for a possible promotion. It is usually much easier to fill entry level jobs.
3. Make sure to use some kind of general IQ or aptitude test. There is absolutely no way to sit and talk with a potential employee and know whether they can read, write and conduct mathematical calculations to an acceptable level.
4. Punctuality is a key factor of how an employee will act once they gain employment. If an applicant is late for their interview, dismiss them from your considerations unless they provide a very valid reason.
5. Appropriate clothing should always be worn to an interview. Although modern day workplaces, tend to be a lot more casual these days, make sure they are at least dressed in a smart-casual way, and have an acceptable level of hygiene for the workplace.
6. Listen carefully as the person explains why they left their previous place of employment. Someone that seems to have many problems with supervisors and fellow workers, will probably have the same problems with your company. Don’t hire an obvious problem no matter how desperately you may need to fulfill the position.
7. Always hire someone that you have rapport with. You don’t need to become best buddies with them, but you must be very comfortable working with them.
8. Create a job description that you can give to your potential employees. A well written description will answer a great deal of questions they may have, and decrease problems that arise at a later date.
9. Take the time to check previous references. Past employers can give you a much clearer picture of the applicant’s personal ability, usually a lot more than personal references
10. Always present your job offer in writing, this will prevent any misunderstandings that may arise at a later date.
Make sure you take the time to hire quality people, your business will begin to boom and prosper if your workplace is filled with talented, capable people.