How to Identify a Job Candidate That Will Pay Off

Hiring the right people for your business plays a critical role in your business’s success. If you have the right people on your team, you will attract and retain customers. On the other hand, you can expect the opposite effect if you accidentally hire a bad egg, not to mention the costs you’ll incur in employee turnover. It’s important to get things right starting with the hiring process. So how do you identify a job candidate that will be right for your company?

Analyze Their Motivation

One of the questions you should be asking in your interviews is why the candidate wants to work for your company. Consider their answer carefully. Potential answers range from the desire for a steady job with a regular paycheck to personally identifying with your company’s brand and everything in between. Regardless of the answer, it’s important that it be honest. Be on the lookout for signs that your candidate is lying. Even if the answer is perfect, if it isn’t honest, that isn’t someone you want on your team.

Look at Their Unique Skills

A candidate’s unique skills and experiences are worth looking into as well. These can give you an idea of what they have to offer your team and your business. Certifications and qualifications can be a great way to explore this. For example, a Six Sigma Green Belt has at least three years of experience with continuous improvement. If your candidate has mastered the Griffin Hill sales process, they should be really good at building value in products or services, building client relationships, and retaining customers.

Check References

Checking references may seem like a formality, and many job hires are made without doing so, but this is something you need to do if your goal is to find and hire the perfect candidate. It takes time to go through a candidate’s references and to ask the right questions that will get you the information you need. It’s worth the effort when you find the right candidate though. It can also help you avoid making a big hiring mistake. If your candidate had an amazing interview but has some serious shortcomings, their previous employers likely know about these faults and may be able to give you a heads up before you hire them. Conversely, they can also help you identify candidates that will be a true asset to your company and inform you of their strengths and ways in which they can be a real benefit.

Your business needs you to hire the right people in order to succeed. Hiring and training employees is expensive, so it’s important to get it right the first time as many times as you can. Consider each applicant and what they have to offer carefully, and make sure you check their references. This will help you put together a stellar team of employees that will be a true benefit to your business.

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About the Author Miha Matlievski

Breaking taboo called FAILURE by talking openly about it, sharing my fail stories and lessons that I learned on my way back from hell. I had four successful companies that at one time all went bankrupt. You could say that I went from hero to zero. But I managed to survive! Down that road I became Fail Coach not by degree but by failing personally and professionally, learning from my failures and growing. If you are looking for a coach try not to find one with shiny diploma hanging on his wall but one that has personally gone to hell and back.

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