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As a hiring manager, you invest a lot into finding candidates, reviewing resumes, and conducting interviews. This all leads up to decision time and making your final pick.

If you’re lucky, one particular candidate stands out above the rest. However, in most cases, it takes some assessing and consideration of multiple candidates. And if you choose the wrong one, it will cost you in the form of lost time, lost productivity, lower morale, and more hiring expenses.

To avoid this and hire the best-fit candidate, here are some steps to take:

Evaluate their past experience.

You want to ensure they have the right skills and abilities to get up and running quickly. This includes soft skills, like teamwork, collaboration, and communication. Beyond evaluating hard and soft skills, think about the results they’ve achieved. Did one particular candidate make a stronger impression with their accomplishments? They might be the right choice for you.

Evaluate the questions they asked.

The questions a candidate asks can often indicate what’s important to them. Even if you have a great candidate, if they’re asking about advancement and you know your company can’t offer it, it’s not the right person for you. In addition, if a candidate only asks basic questions or none at all, it’s a good indication of how serious they’re taking the opportunity.

Evaluate their personality.

Just because a candidate has the right skill set and experience doesn’t mean they will mesh well with your culture. If you have a more formal culture, for instance, and they’re looking for one that’s laid back and casual, they’ll have a hard time adjusting if hired. Therefore, it’s important to think about what you’ve learned about each candidate during the interview process and which will fit the best with your culture.

Evaluate your instincts.

Do you have a strong feeling one way or another? While you shouldn’t decide based solely on gut instinct, it’s still an important part of the process to consider. Perhaps a reference said something that was a red flag about a particular candidate. Or a detail on their resume didn’t make sense. Whatever the case, figure out what’s bothering you and try to get answers so you can make the best decision moving forward.

Do you need help hiring the best-fit people for your staff?

The Phoenix recruitment team at PrideStaff is here for you. We can handle the sourcing, screening, interviewing, and more, so you get several pre-qualified, talented candidates to choose from. Hiring will be faster and easier, with less risk for a mistake during the process. Contact us today to learn more!

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