By Kristin Baird
In today’s talent market, smart hiring often goes out the window, and it can be tempting to hire the next applicant with a pulse.
Regardless of a dwindling talent pool leaders still need a crystal-clear picture of their ideal candidate. This may seem obvious. But it isn’t always top of mind when leaders are stressed for time and struggling to get positions filled.
Many of us have made bad hires that end up costing us time, money, and even other valued staff members when we don’t get it right. Hiring for fit is critical to the future success of your team.
HOW TO HIRE FOR FIT
Here are a few tips to help you zero in on people who will be a good fit with your team.
Trusting your gut can be helpful in some situations but give your gut some support. Make sure you are clear about what you are looking for. Smart hiring is about asking questions that give reliable information. Probe a bit deeper to learn more.
There’s a saying, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This adage applies to hiring as well. If you don’t know who, and what, you’re looking for, anyone will do.
Take time to identify the most important qualities. Next, ask the questions that will let you know if this candidate will be a good fit.
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