Top 5 Tips for Hiring The Best Candidates

You have gone through your shortlist, interviewed your top candidates and are ready to make a hugely important hiring decision. Before you go ahead, here are 5 top tips to help ensure you make the right decision.

Key Takeaways

  1. Deciding who to hire can be a difficult part of the recruitment process
  2. There are steps you can take along the way to help ensure you make the best decision
  3. Ecruit can help you attract the best talent to improve your chances of getting your dream candidate

Top 5 Tips for Hiring the Best Candidates

We may be experts in helping you find the best candidates for your role but when it comes to making a hiring decision, this is always a decision that is best to be made in house. You know your culture, your ambition and your expertise which makes you the best qualified person to decide who to hire but there are some top tips you can consider when making your decision.

1. Have a clearly defined role

 

If you are going to be comparing candidates against a standard set of criteria, then it is vital you ensure that criteria is clearly laid out and is relevant for the advertised role. You might have a candidate with years more experience but if they don’t have the skill set for the specific role you need then they might not be the best candidate. Make sure your job description and any scoring criteria you are using is clearly laid out and the candidate is clear what is expected from them. This way you can be confident that the candidate you select will have the best chance of success in the role.

2. Create a Company Brand

 

Hiring the best candidate is not just about you picking the best person, you also need to convince them to say yes. Candidates may have multiple options and so your recruitment process should be used to sell your company brand and why they would want to work with you. Ensure you have clear company values and that you focus on a positive, inclusive environment for your workforce. Candidates may look to employee review sites or even each out to colleagues to find out more about how you work.

3. Offer Benefits That Matter

 

Look at what your competitors are offering in terms of salary and benefits. If you are not competitive then you are unlikely to attract the top talent in your industry. Consider what benefits matter most in your industry from offering remote, flexible work solutions to attractive financial benefits and progression opportunities. Offering benefits can not only help you attract higher quality candidates, but it can also ensure you keep them for longer by improving retention.

4. Have Clear Communication

 

Throughout the recruitment process you should be keeping the lines of communication open with your candidates. Set expectations at the start of the process for when each stage will be happening and what kind of timeline they should expect. The last thing you want is to reach out to your ideal candidate only to find out they accepted an off elsewhere a week ago. Using an ATS can help you automate the process but there is also value in personalised communication to check in with each candidate throughout the process. This helps build a relationship which can give you an advantage when it comes to making an offer.

5. Get Your Process Right

 

There is definitive way to carry out a recruitment process with each company working differently. Some may have a 2-step interview process while others might have 5 or 6 stages with assessments and practical tests along the way. You need to find the right balance between ensuring you have a positive candidate experience but are getting a deep enough understanding of your candidate to ensure you can make an offer with confidence. Usually, the interview is a key element of any recruitment process so ensure you do your preparation here. Research your candidate before the meeting and ensure they have all the information they need to be able to prepare accordingly.

 

Attract & Retain Top Talent

Ultimately the final decision of who to hire comes down to you but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself! At ecruit we can help you attract the best candidates with our fixed price recruitment service.

We can create a compelling, clear job description to help you attract double the number of candidates. We also provide an ATS which allows you to communicate in bulk with candidates and keep them up to date throughout the process. Also, by taking care of the job ad writing and posting process and by filtering the best candidates for you, we can save you time to ensure you can focus your efforts on the most important area, the candidates.

Book a 5 minute demo with our team to find out more.

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