What is your approach to hiring?  Is it the best for your company?  Many industry leaders would tell you that your hiring process is broken and that you do not have the right approach.  How do you respond to a comment that your hiring process is broken?

While many of the best hiring managers and recruiters use out-of-the-box methods to attract talent and make their hires, many of these methods may not be right for you and your company.  It is best to stay current on the latest trends, and make adjustments along the way.  Here are just a few unique methods being used today:

  • Hire for values and cultural fit, rather than for skills and knowledge. This concept is difficult for many hiring managers and recruiters to grasp.  Convention has taught us to hire someone that has the necessary skills, however, many are saying you must look past that.  The skills and the knowledge must be secondary to finding the right person who shares the same values as the company and will fit in with the existing culture.  When you are able to find the right fit, then the skills will follow.
  • Engage with potential candidates on social media. More than the post, we liked your resume can you come in for an interview.  Really get to know the person, by having conversations.
  • Pose a question in the middle of your job ad. This will help you weed out the candidates that are just applying for everything and not really reading the details of your ad.  You can put a question such as how many followers do you have on Twitter, or what is the main color of your website.  Something stupid simple, but will allow you to weed out those that are not serious.
  • Skip the interview and put the person right to work. While this method will not work for every job type, it is very effective.  Most hiring managers spend countless hours interviewing, when really you want to know if they can do the job.  So, instead of interviewing, put them to work.  Give them a task that will take a couple of hours to complete, tell them they have five hours to complete the task.  Pay them of course for their time.  This will give you a true picture of their abilities to handle the job.

If you feel your hiring process is broken and not producing the desired results you seek, consider trying some of these out-of-the-box methods.

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