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10 Tips for Hiring the Right Candidate

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10 Tips for Hiring the Right Candidate

There is much more to staffing your business than simply posting job openings. You want to be sure you have the right people in place to get the job done. These ten tips will ensure that your hiring process is fast and effective:

 

1. Determine Your Needs

make a list of your needs

Before you start the process, figure out exactly what you want in a new hire. For example, are you willing to let new hires learn on-the-job, or do you expect them to come prepared with the necessary skills?

 

2. Provide Clear Job Descriptions

Save yourself time by letting applicants self-select – write clear job descriptions that list specific responsibilities, as well as the exact training and skills you expect.

 

Merlin lets you create detailed job descriptions right from your smartphone

Merlin lets you create detailed job descriptions right from your smartphone.

 

3. Post Jobs Strategically

Post your jobs in relevant places. Do your research and locate the job boards, websites and industry publications your ideal workers are likely to frequent.

 

Merlin lets you select a job category to post your job in the right place

With Merlin, you can simply select a job category to post your job in the right place.

 

4. Streamline the Interviews

There simply isn’t enough time to interview every qualified candidate in person. Start with quick phone screens of applicants who have the required skills, so you can interview only the most qualified candidates.

 

Merlin lets you reject, shortlist or chat with candidates before scheduling an interview

With Merlin, you can easily reject, shortlist or chat with candidates before scheduling an interview.

 

5. Make the Most of Phone Screens

When you make that first call, confirm critical application information. Next, check logistics. Can applicants work the required hours? Do applicants have access to transportation? If so, schedule an in-person interview.

 

Merlin lets you schedule interviews with candidates right through the app

Schedule interviews with candidates right through the Merlin app.

 

6. Prepare for Interviews

Don’t just wing it when it comes to interviews. Think through the questions you will ask and any skills you need demonstrated before the candidate is sitting in front of you.

 

7. Ask the Right Questions

Skills and training aren’t the only things you need to know about your applicants. Make sure they have the right personality for your company culture. Ask about their best and worst managers to get a sense of their communication style and problem-solving ability.

 

Merlin lets you chat with candidates in real time

With Merlin, you can chat with candidates in real time to see if they’re a good fit.

 

8. Offer Realistic Job Previews

Don’t waste time with a new hire who is going to quit after a few days. Let candidates tour your workplace and/or shadow a current employee to make sure the position matches their expectations.

 

9. Make an Offer On-the-Spot

The best way to fill jobs quickly is to wrap up the application process immediately following the in-person interview. If you are sure the candidate has the right skills and is a good fit for your company, offer them a job on the spot.

 

Merlin lets you hire candidates directly through the app

Hire candidates directly through the Merlin app to expedite your hiring process.

 

10. Stay in Touch

If you can’t end the interview with an offer, be sure to stay in touch with candidates while you are making a decision. Otherwise, by the time you settle on your ideal employee, he or she may have already accepted another job.

 

you'll always have access to shortlisted candidates on Merlin

With Merlin, you’ll always have access to all the candidates you’ve shortlisted so you can return to them at any time.

 

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