Hiring Hacks for the Pros

Do you hire the right person for the job every single time? Probably not. We all know that doing so is far from easy. But, with the right recruitment and hiring strategies in place, you’ll find that hiring great employees is easier than you thought. Hiring hacks will save you time, energy, and money. Plus, they help you hire the best of the best. So, are you ready to give these hiring hacks a try?

Hiring Hacks

These recruiting hacks will improve your hiring process with little to no effort at all. Try implementing them to stay ahead of the competition and attract the best candidates!

  1. Create an Attractive Employer Brand Your employer brand is your company’s reputation. Once you’ve cultivated a brand that represents your value to the desired employee, be very strategic and thoughtful about how you market yourself. Your assets include the job description, your portfolio, LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Build a great brand, and top talent will become more aware of your company and your job openings. 
  2. Develop a Great Company Culture – Job candidates will actively seek a good company culture where they fit in. When employees look forward to going to work, it means you’re doing things right.
  3. Write Outstanding Job Descriptions – Take extra time and attention when writing good job ads. A well written ad will help to paint a picture of what a job fully entails.
  4. Make Candidates feel Comfortable – Be personable in job interviews so that job candidates relax. This way you can see what they are really all about.
  5. Source Candidates from the Right Places – Think quality over quantity. When you target job seekers in the right places, you’ll get applicants who want to work for you vs job seekers who just want a paycheck.
  6. Be Patient – Patience is a virtue. Always take your time during the hiring process. Don’t hire on a whim. Always wait until the right job candidate sends in an application. It will save you lots of time and money down the road.

All of these hiring hacks are designed to make your job easier. Some may even make your company more attractive to job seekers. Others will ensure that you hire the right people. Sure a few of these hiring hacks will take time to develop, but once they are properly implemented, they will make a massive difference in how you source, attract, engage, screen, and hire.

Questions to Ask when Hiring

To determine if candidates will be an asset to your organization, it’s important to ask the right questions during the interview process. To that end, here are a couple questions you should probably ask when hiring a new employee:

What are the biggest challenges you often face at work?

This question helps you understand how the candidate works and what may potentially trip them up. A thoughtful answer also indicates that they have the mindfulness and self-awareness to continuously make improvements so they can become a more productive member of the team.

What Is Your Greatest Strength/Weakness?

Asking a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses in a job interview is arguably the question most candidates dread. As the interviewer, you don’t want to shy away from the strengths and weaknesses question, as it can help you learn a lot about the person you’re interviewing. Depending on how the candidate answers, it can help you determine if their weaknesses might mean they’ll be a liability in the role or struggle to do aspects of the job. It’ll also show you whether the candidate has actually thought about their own shortcomings – if they stumble on this question, or don’t seem to know what to say, that’s a sign they may not have a lot of self-awareness about what they’re not great at, or areas they need to improve on. 

What does your typical workday look like in your current role?

Asking this question helps you gain insight into how well a candidate organizes their day and prioritizes assignments. Employees who apply a clear structure to their days tend to be more productive and able to devote their energy to high-value tasks that matter most. 

How do you deal with distractions?

Distraction is a major productivity killer so it’s important that employees have developed effective techniques to help them focus and use their time effectively. This also helps you identify candidates who can manage their workload efficiently to get the most done while maintaining a certain level of quality.

What do you do when you’re not working?

This question will give you an idea as to a candidate’s ability to maintain a work-life balance. People who pursue a variety of interests and have a balanced social life tend to be more effective in managing their time. They understand the approach of working smart (not just hard) and are able to focus on important tasks that will yield the greatest results.

Plan to add to your sales team this year? Act now and be proactive when it comes to hiring the people who are going to be part of your team. EBS/Growth will help find the right people for you, so your company can be more successful than ever. For more information, contact us today or check out episode #59 of our Talent, Sales and Scale podcast. In that episode, Jeremy Donovan, SVP Revenue Strategy at SalesLoft discusses the science of sales, and shares criteria to use when hiring. 

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