Learn how to hire the people who become a positive force in your organization
in this HCI webinar.
Making the right hiring decision has a far greater impact on your organization than you think. It’s not just about a particular candidate and the potential downside of having to re-hire if he or she doesn’t work out.
It’s bigger than the overall turnover costs. The best employees are engaged employees. Employees who are engaged outperform in their roles. They take on new challenges and most important, they spread that enthusiasm to other team members. On the other hand, employees who are not engaged are like piece of bad fruit. The decay can quickly spread to the entire bunch.
In the relatively short exchange — typically 2-4 weeks — of the hiring experience – how can you ensure that both you and the candidate gain the knowledge needed to know if they’re the right fit and likely to be engaged? A candidate must possess the hard skills (knowledge, background and experience) to perform the job; but they also need to have the soft skills to be amazing at the job.
The key soft skills include: professionalism; interpersonal skills; problem solving and adaptability; personal value commitment. For those who manage people or projects there are other predictors such as setting goals; assigning tasks and providing feedback. For executives and leaders, predictors include the ability to set a course and motivate others.
So how do you assess these key predictors of successful hires? The best way to find out about a candidate’s past performance is to get feedback from former managers, co-workers and peers who have worked with the candidate in the past. But it can’t just be feedback garnered with a few random questions. You need to have detailed job-specific feedback. For example, the “interpersonal” skills a nurse requires are a lot different than the “interpersonal” skills that may be needed by a lab technician. For a nurse, those skills extend to showing empathy and compassion. For the lab technician, those skills include being able to communicate and effectively collaborate with other technicians.
Cloud-based, mobile-first reference technology has opened a new way to get insight from references like never before, allowing rich, job-specific feedback to be delivered quickly from 4 to 5 references. It’s a powerful tool helping you find the candidates who will be magnetic forces in your organization.
Learn more about employee engagement and how to hire the people who become a positive force in your organization in this HCI webinar “Hiring Right: The Foundation for Building a Magnetic Culture” featuring New York Times best-selling author, Kevin Sheridan.