Hiring the right employees for your business is not a science or a guarantee – it’s an art. Understanding what you want from a new hire does not need to be an arduous process, but it does start with planning, and truly understanding your business, its needs, and its people. Once you’ve hired the ideal candidate, they can have quite an impact on your business, including its culture, productivity, and overall health. Here are some of the most important aspects to consider when hiring any employee.
Understand your business: As the Managing Partner here at Media Recruiting Group, it is easy for me to know what is needed. But the larger the company, the more layers in between, requiring those in hiring manager roles must understand the business.
Know what you need: You most likely know what position you’re looking to fill, but that is only part of the equation. It’s best to have a plan in mind, taking into consideration the role and its responsibilities, the soft skills necessary, the kinds of results you’re expecting, and finally, if there are resources available to get this person properly trained.
Consistent yet competitive compensation: Understanding what the market is paying for the talent you need is essential. You want to be competitive, but also have the person’s compensation fit into your company’s structure.
Know Your People, Your Culture, and Your Clients: What kind of attitude are you looking for in this new person? How will they fit with the culture of your company and your current team… is the new potential hire compatible? Make sure this person has values that are similar to those of your company, including being hard-working, keeping promises, having a positive attitude and being a team player.
Communication: Communication skills include both written and oral, in person and over the phone, via the internet, and both internal and external. These skills can make or break an organization. Hire people who can effectively communicate, no matter what the medium.
Qualities: Key qualities to look for include integrity, creativity, commitment, an outgoing personality, a track record of success.
Time to Train: Today, digital media and media technology firms are moving at the speed of light. But even when moving so fast, be sure to allocate the time needed to train a new hire. This is part of the planning process up front, to insure a new employee has a foundation for success.