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“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” -Aldous Huxley

As a hiring manager or HR Coordinator, your success is determined by those around you. Making great hires is the building block to every team. Here are a few ways you can improve your hiring process and ultimately, your team.

1. Know what you want. Finding the right candidate for a position requires certainty. Uncertainty can cost you time (which translates to money) and possibly the right person for the job. If you tend to switch up your qualification requirements or job description, you’re probably wasting time by talking to the wrong candidates, lengthening the hiring process. You could also be missing out on really great candidates who fit the bill but not your ever-changing job description. Working with a recruiter is a great way to iron out those details before you speak to candidates.

2. Lack of communication. Communication can be the Achilles heel of nearly any interaction. And when it comes to hiring, communication is key. Are you letting the candidate know exactly what you need from them? Perhaps you’d like them to take a personality assessment prior to their interview or come with copies of their resume and references. If they aren’t aware of your expectations, they’re likely to not meet them. A recruiter will handle these requests on your behalf. They’ll set expectations with the candidate so when they meet you, they’re ready to go.

3. Don’t wait. Are you taking your time to make a decision or waiting for the perfect candidate to walk through your door? In today’s job market, if you want the right candidate, you need to act quickly. When a resume rolls in, take a few minutes to review it and respond before you get distracted, even if it’s to let someone know that they aren’t a great fit. Making hiring your priority will keep you from making a bad hire and costing your company time and money.

4. Be interview ready. A good interviewer will be just as prepared as the interviewee. Put on a smile, do your research and be polite. Small gestures like walking someone to the elevator or looking them in the eye when they’re speaking, will make a big difference in the candidate’s perception. Remember, this candidate could be your future coworker, so act accordingly! Need some coaching? A recruiter is an experienced interviewer and can help prepare you for the interview.

Adding a recruiter to handle your hiring will help alleviate the stress of finding the right person for the job. At the Talmadge Group, our goal is to save you time and money by finding you the right candidate the first time. Are you interested in learning more about our unique recruiting process? Give us a call, 678-325-2301, we’d love to share it with you.

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