Wanting the “Perfect” Employee: Your Achilles Heel in Hiring

August 2nd, 2013

When is the last time you found a “perfect” employee—one who both does a great job and fits well into your company? And how long did it take you to find that person?

Don’t fall into the trap of holding out for the perfect employee every time. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that the “top gun” candidates in your field are necessarily the best for you.

Someone might look great on paper—have all of the skills and experience you think you need, then have the wrong personality or work ethic for your company. And if you have to stick to a strict hiring budget, you might not have the ability to lure the hotshots.

So does this mean that you have to hire less-than-adequate employees? No!

Here are four steps you can take to make sure you hire the best candidate for the right job at your company.

1) Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Maybe you have all of your positions filled right now, but how long can that last? If you want your next hiring assignment to go smoothly, you have to know exactly how you’re going to go about finding future candidates. Flying by the seat of your pants or hiring out of desperation rarely works.

2) Find the Right Kind of Person

Your hiring managers and recruiters need to know what kind of people they should be looking for, so they don’t waste their time searching for and interviewing people who wouldn’t fit in well anyway. The most skilled and experienced candidate will be a washout if he has an abrasive personality or doesn’t match the work ethic at your company.

3) Get the Word Out

If you want to find great employees, you have to be willing to pay to get your ad out there in the world, or pay an experienced recruiter. And the recruiter needs to be on every social network putting up ads and making sure that the right types of people are looking at them. They also need to promote your company, making sure that candidates get a great impression of what you have to offer.

4) Know the Job Market

If you’re looking for great job candidates, you won’t find them just anywhere. One of the keys to successful hiring is knowing where to look. Again, working with a staffing or recruiting firm can be invaluable in this respect. They tend to know who the movers and shakers are in an industry, or which of your competitors just had a layoff or isn’t paying a competitive salary. They can reach out to potential employees in ways that you can’t.

At Synerfac, we’ve been finding great employees for great companies for years. If you’d like us to put that experience to work for you, call or contact us anytime!

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