How to Make Effective Hiring Decisions

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2022 by Romar Admin
How to Make Effective Hiring Decisions - Romar Learning Solutions

The hiring process is an investment of time, resources, and budget. Therefore, it’s important that hiring managers know how to make effective hiring decisions. Here are a few tips for selecting the right candidate and ensuring a positive ROI:

Recruiting

During the recruitment process, it’s important that the candidates you select for interviews are good matches for the job description. However, education and skills aren’t the only factors to consider. The best candidates also align with the organization on a cultural level. Company culture is defined by the organization’s mission, goals, values, management and collaboration styles, workplace environment, etc. The best candidates will not only excel in their position but will positively contribute to company culture. Employee retention is higher when employees are cultural matches.

Furthermore, it’s important that you review résumés with careful consideration. Keep an eye out for specific keywords that relate to the job’s skill requirements and knowledge. The best candidates will know to use these keywords on their résumés.

Before moving on to the interviewing process, consider screening applicants with a brief questionnaire or assessment—this can help narrow your selection.
 

Selection

The interviewing process can be time-consuming and tedious. Therefore, it’s important to select only candidates with true potential—quality over quantity!

Before interviewing job candidates, prepare a list of questions that cover the most important aspects of the position—don’t waste time with fluff. Focus on the candidates’ leadership skills, initiative, and ability to collaborate. If any of their responses (or points on their résumé) raise concerns, ask for clarification. There is no room for ambiguity in the hiring process.  

There is a chance you may have several equally qualified candidates. If this is the case, contact their references and perform pre-employment background checks. Often, references can make all the difference in choosing the right candidate.

 

Hiring

Now that you’ve interviewed all your qualified candidates, it’s time to make a decision! Before extending an offer, discuss your decision with the hiring team. Your experience with a candidate could be drastically different than that of other team members. Having several opinions offers new perspectives and may help you to make a more informed decision. 

When extending an offer, act quickly and don’t lowball your chosen candidate. Quality candidates know their worth! Your offer letter should outline compensation and benefits. Be prepared to negotiate compensation, if necessary.

Onboarding is your new hire’s first impression of organizational structure and flow. Therefore, it should be a smooth, efficient process. Have your new-hire materials prepared before the start date and consider automating the onboarding process for increased efficiency.
 

 

At Romar Learning Solutions, our professionals support executives in developing their leadership skills so they can make effective hiring decisions and improve employee retention. Interested in learning more? Contact us today!