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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Actively search profiles and social networking sites: After all, isn’t that way LinkedIn was created?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.