In today’s economy, Houston companies are finding themselves competing for the best candidates in nearly every field. Not sure how you can pull in better candidates no and in the future without breaking your budget? Consider these four tips.
- Create (and follow!) a hiring plan. Having a strategic staffing plan can help your company align its staffing efforts with other big picture goals, which allows you to predict when you’ll need certain staff members and give you time to find qualified candidates. Hiring plans create structure and make it easier to pinpoint the skills and abilities that are needed for staff in that position to thrive within you company’s unique culture.
- Be realistic about the position. While hiring managers would love to only hire ideal candidates that possess every desirable skill and ability, in reality, these candidates are far and few between. To be more realistic, identify the top three to five essential skills for success in each position. Talk with staff who have previously held the position and supervisors to find out what is needed. List these qualities first in your job listings, then go on to list the qualities that are preferred and make the job easier, but aren’t necessarily required.
- Practice your interview skills. Interviewing is a skill, but it is a skill that is almost never formally taught. Instead, hiring managers must pick it up “on the fly,” which can result in inconsistencies among managers who interview and mistakes that managers may not even know they’re making. Companies that invest in teaching interview skills to staff find that their staffing results improve. Even a few hours of training can pay off for years.
- Work with a recruiter. Partnering with a recruiting professional can keep costs low and help you find top-notch candidates. Staffing firms specialize in helping clients they sere find candidates who bring the right skills and attitudes, and who they believe will be a good cultural fit for the company. Staffing professionals also know how to help you place candidates to certain projects and positions, while helping you determine whether it’ll be beneficial to bring in temporary staff.
At ExecuTeam, our experienced recruiters work closely with each client to ensure we understand what you need in a top candidate, from technical skill to personality “fit.” Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services in Houston and beyond.