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Hire Right


Most companies are always hiring…looking for the perfect employee fit for a specific job.  Hiring for your company is one of the most difficult tasks for a small or growth size business — most can’t afford those employees with decades of experience or training. However, most startups can’t afford to hire the wrong candidate.  It is a balancing act.

Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn, describes in the video below that the “alliance approach” to hiring typically has the best results.  Hoffman explains the ability for an employee and employer to have a collaborative outlook about the “relationship” eliminates trust and communication barriers.  When these objectives are in alignment as soon as possible, the best outcome will result.

Along the same lines, a few years ago Business Insider published 10 creative recruiting strategies when hiring.  We list them below and comment on a few:

  1. Use self-selection to find out who’s really interested:  Organize an open house, inviting hundreds of candidates to attend.  Those who actually show up to the event are probably more interested in the job.
  2. Arrange for group interaction:  Interacting with potential candidates in a group setting is an excellent way to see their character, level of interest, working knowledge, and communication skills.  After all, any candidate can seem like a good fit on paper.
  3. Handpick dream candidates and show them you want them:  More than likely, those candidates who are already employed are the ones you’re trying to attract.  Reach out to those applicants personally to get their attention.
  4. Look for talent in unlikely places:  This may require searching for candidates outside the industry in which your company operates.  Some job requirements can be taught, while passion, urgency and going the extra mile can’t.
  5. Attend events that are NOT job fairs:  Industry conferences and meet-ups are a good way to meet those who really enjoy learning and interacting with those who share a passion for the same industry.
  6. Make yourself stand out with non-traditional media: Using non-traditional recruiting media is also a chance for you to convey something about your corporate culture to jobseekers.
  7. Actively search profiles and social networking sites:  After all, isn’t that way LinkedIn was created?
  8. Advertise in places frequented by your ideal candidate:  Online communities, as opposed to all-inclusive job boards, are another good place to target your recruitment process at a specific demographic.
  9. Consider past candidates:  Many candidates may not be a good fit for the current job you’re hiring for.  However, keep their resume, they might be a good candidate for a job opening in the future.
  10. Publicize referral incentives:  Referrals are excellent sources for great hires.

Keeping the hiring process fresh and inserting some creativity into the search can yield great results for both the employer and potential employees.