The right person for the job goes beyond the person with an appropriate education or the right amount of experience. It’s more than just finding someone who is competent and likely to show up on time. The right candidate is also well aligned with your company’s mission and vision.
Here’s how to get what you need:
Know what you want.
If you don’t know what you want, how can you expect to find it? And how can you expect anyone to give it to you?
Before you start your search for that dynamic new hire, make sure you have clearly defined your company’s mission and core values. If it’s been a long time since you’ve considered these, it’s time to get cracking.
Use social media.
You can learn a lot about a person from what he posts on social media, and not just how many cats he has and what he had for breakfast. Sites like LinkedIn give you an opportunity to check employees out prior to interviews, and many people maintain blogs these days. Twitter and Facebook are additional resources.
While you may have to weed through some personal posts that are none of your concern, you can get a feel for a potential hire’s vales and interests this way.
Share your company’s mission.
Don’t wait until you make a new hire to share your company’s mission and values. Put it all out there during the interview, and then use your observation skills to gauge a job candidate’s level of interest.
Is he enthusiastic about your company’s mission? Does his body language say he is bored? While this shouldn’t be the only way you evaluate candidates, it can definitely help.
Some employers get a little lazy when it comes to checking references, and this is a mistake. Checking references is your chance to learn whether your candidate is a team player, a leader, an innovator, or a hard worker. While employers are unlikely to bad-mouth your candidate, the adjectives they use to describe her can be very telling.
Unfortunately, the best way to know whether a candidate will be a good fit for your company’s mission is to hire him or her. But don’t forget your role in this. Communicate your expectations early and often, keep your employees updated on your company’s goals, ask for input, and provide feedback so that your employees always know what’s required for success.
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