19 Strategies for hiring the best!

A nationally known Employment/HR Attorney, Don Phin, has always said to me that hiring the best is easier when you have a guide to doing so. Here are some of the points I have learned from him over the years.

  1. Great companies have great employees, so commit to hiring only the best!
  2. Make sure you have written job descriptions. Verify with those performing and supervising the job that these job descriptions are accurate. For free templates go to www.onetcenter.org.
  3. Think outside the box. Don’t limit your sources for good employees. Use employee referral programs and your marketing department to help out.
  4. Avoid hiring someone who averages more than one employer every two years. That’s how long they will last with you.
  5. Use a rating system so that early candidates are not forgotten in the interview process. See the Applicant Appraisal Form.
  6. Where possible, promote from within to maintain employee morale.
  7. A person with an extensive self-employment background is very likely to go back to self employment as soon as possible. Hire this person as a consultant.
  8. Workers with a disability often do a better job with greater loyalty and fewer absences. You may also obtain tax credits and other benefits.
  9. Use a temporary employment agency, independent contractor or pay overtime instead of hiring an employee in haste.
  10. Conduct a pre-hire character assessment. We recommend www.zeroriskhr.com.
  11. Try to have the person leaving the position and future co-workers interview their applicants. See the Co-Employment Applicant Appraisal Form.
  12. Test the technical skills and industry knowledge of every job applicant. Go to www.shl.com.
  13. Evaluate a potential employee’s energy levels. Interviewing them at different times of the day. Challenge them in the interview to see how they react.
  14. Carefully investigate any gaps in employment.
  15. Get outside agencies or recruiters to help if you won’t follow a powerful hiring process.
  16. Use pre-employment questionnaires and interview extensively.
  17. Conduct post-offer/pre-hire physicals where appropriate.
  18. Check an applicant’s background and all references thoroughly, including criminal, credit and DMV records. We highly recommend www.globalhrresearch.com.
  19. Memorialize the terms of employment using offer letters and employment contracts. See the Sample Offer Letter.

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David Leng, CPCU, CIC, CBWA, CWCA, CRM

Author | Speaker | Certified Risk Manager | Certified Work Comp Advisor

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