Hiring was never simple. Now it’s
even more complicated, at a time
when getting it right is essential.
Then there is the real threat that,
when companies go full throttle in
staffing up, employees who waited out
the recession will flee. Consulting firm
Mercer’s What’s Working survey in the
summer of 2011 showed that half of all
U.S. employees are really not happy,
and more than 30 percent of participants said they were seriously considering leaving their organizations.
Hiring was never simple. Now
it’s even more complicated, at a time
when getting it right is essential. Keep
these 14 tips in mind as you staff at
1 Get what you need.
Know what you want. What expectations
do you have? What qualifications are you
“A lot of times companies want everything from all employees. Narrowing
down the job to one that is doable is the
best step in the right direction,” says Talley
Flora, CEO of Red Seat, an Edina, Minn.,
firm that helps companies without human
resources departments hire people.
“Avoid face time with as many appli-
cants as possible. When you receive the
first stack of résumés, look for reasons
to cut individuals from consideration,”
2 Clearly define the hiring process.
“Before the hire, know how many
interviews will take place, what will
be asked, and what skills, qualities
and behaviors are sought for the position. Having a process focuses the
hiring team, gets everyone on the
same page and limits the knee-jerk
hires that often are poor decisions,”