The Talent for Finding Great Talent

Michael Pires

January 11, 2018

Savvy business owners and leaders realize that the most critical element of their success is their people. This creates the question of how to attract (and retain) the best employees to your organization and how do many organizations struggle to get it right? Consider two companies in the same industry with similar work environments, offering comparable pay and benefits — why is one consistently able to attract and retain top-notch employees?

The difference boils down to a reliable and comprehensive recruitment and hiring process.  This is the first impression a potential employee has of your company.  In fact, over the years I have found several components consistently present within successful companies:

Clearly define the target employee profile: This includes an outline of the behaviors, skills and attributes essential for the job. As clarity of the requirements increase, the likelihood of attracting high-quality applicants and the odds of hiring employees with staying power also increases.

Conduct an analysis of your current management and executive staff: Behavioral assessment tools, such as DISC or Strength Finders, can quickly and easily be completed online and provide valuable insight into candidates whose personality or communication styles may best fit your current environment.

Write clear job descriptions: While this step sounds obvious , it is crucial and often employers fail to clearly articulate the chief responsibilities, requirements and expectations of each role within their company.

Fish where the fish are: Focus your energy and efforts on a platform and methods that will give you the most return.  For example, you could use a service, like JetPay’s applicant tracking and on-boarding, to get listed on top boards and social media sites with one click. Utilizing the pre-screening tools provided in such a service would allow you to attract the right candidate and then keep casting the line.

Find a background screening service: Find out what you don’t know and don’t expose your company to unnecessary risks. Companies offer cost-effective, web-based criminal background checks. A fundamental, comprehensive, background check should cost less than $50 and is a small price to pay to protect your business.

Check all references. It sounds simple, but many businesses skip this step – don’t. Create a comprehensive reference check questionnaire and contact all listed references.

Human resources administration does not have to be costly, but it does have to be proactive and it is up to you to implement best practices into your organization.  The positive side is, once implementing these suggestions, the results will speak for themselves.

From posting jobs to vetting shortlisted candidates, JetPay is focused on making the complex simple. JetPay serves as a human resources partner for thousands of clients large and small and can help supercharge the selection process.

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