If you’ve just been promoted to manager for the first time, you’re probably a little nervous about taking the reins. This may be especially true when it comes to hiring. And it’s no wonder.

As leading recruiters in Phoenix, PrideStaff knows that one poor hiring decision can result in serious damage to your team – and your reputation. A weak employee can cause high turnover, increased absenteeism, lower morale and reduced productivity. Clearly, the stakes are high.

The good news is that if you do your homework and take your time with the process, you can hire skilled, hard-working employees and build a stellar team. Here are 4 tips to help you along the way:

Tip #1: Write targeted job descriptions.

It sounds like a no brainer. But too many times, job descriptions are vague, verbose, or just plain ineffective. To ensure your descriptions are on target, make sure you have a thorough understanding of the role you’re hiring for. It’s important to know the details about the position’s daily tasks and responsibilities. But it’s also important to consider the long-term goals and expectations for the role, as well as the type of personality that will excel in it.

Talk to your staff members, as well as past manager’s of your department and anyone in the company who’s held the position before. Keep in mind, a job description will also provide you with a roadmap when you’re conducting phone screens and interviews – so it’s important to write a targeted one.

Tip #2: Assemble your hiring team.

When hiring, it’s important to have a diverse team in place that can conduct interviews with you and provide you with their own insight and opinions on each candidate. These individuals can be especially helpful when you’re trying to make a decision between two strong candidates, or if you’re uncertain about a particular one.

The make-up of your team is up to you. But consider at least including an employee who will be working alongside the new hire, as well as an HR representative and another manager you trust.

Tip #3: Do plenty of prep work.

Don’t walk into an interview and expect to wing it. This is your opportunity to dig deep, evaluate each candidate, and make a smart hiring decision. You can’t do that without plenty of prep work ahead of time.

So go into each interview with a game plan in place. Have a structure in mind and plenty of well thought out interview questions. Not only will you make a more positive impression on each candidate, but you’ll then be able to assess them using the same consistent criteria.

Tip #4: Take your time during the interview.

Don’t ask questions in rapid-fire succession. Really listen to what each candidate is saying. Take the time to evaluate their body language, appearance, manners, and non-verbal cues. Also, don’t accept every answer at face value. Ask plenty of follow-up questions that can help you dig deeper to get behind the candidate mask. Throughout each interview, take plenty of notes so it’s easy to compare candidates later.

Don’t have the time or resources to invest in hiring for your staff?

Leave it to the experts at PrideStaff. As leading recruiters in Phoenix, we have the knowledge, experience and proven processes in place to help you source and hire qualified, dependable candidates for your team. We make hiring easier! Contact PrideStaff today to learn more about how we can help you.


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