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Right now, you have an opening on your team, but you’re not willing to fill it with just anyone. You know the perfect candidate is out there somewhere, and you’re going to find them.

Of course, this might prove challenging, but it’s well worth the time and effort. Use these five tips to attract the right candidates and choose the very best person for the job.

Craft a Compelling Job Description

The responsibilities associated with every position on your team evolve with time. Even if titles don’t change, you still need to rewrite the job description every time you hire. In the short term, it’s easier to recycle the job description, but outdated copy can cause you to attract the wrong candidates and keep the right person for the job from applying.

Get the Team Involved

When searching for the perfect hire, cultural fit is key. Find out firsthand how top candidates mesh with the team by making it a group effort. Have everyone who will be working closely with the new hire meet with them. Afterwards, gather the team together to discuss the interview and decide as a group if the person is a good match for the organization.

Ask Behavioral Interview Questions

Dig deep during the job interview by asking open-ended questions, instead of those requiring a simple “yes” or “no.” Answers to questions like “Tell me about a time you had to work under pressure to meet a deadline” and “What do you do if you disagree with a co-worker?” offer telling insights about the candidate’s personality that will clue you in on their overall fit for the team.

Take Enthusiasm Into Account

Sometimes the perfect candidate on paper isn’t the best fit overall. More than just a way to earn a living, you want to hire someone passionate about this specific opening. Seek candidates who have really done their research, who have at least a working knowledge of your company’s products and/or services, history and client base.

Also, be on the lookout for positive body language — i.e., smiling a lot, a firm hand shake and steady eye contact — as these nonverbal cues indicate the person really wants to be there.

Check References

When you feel like you’ve found your perfect candidate, checking references can seem like an unnecessary formality, but don’t skip this step. No one is better equipped to speak to what it’s like to work with the person than their professional references. Former managers, colleagues, clients and professors can verify a candidate’s skills and overall disposition.

Hopefully, they’ll confirm the person would be a great hire, but if the opposite happens, you’ll be spared a great deal of time, money and frustration in the long run.

Identifying the perfect hire is essential, but it’s easier said than done. Wood Staffing has the expertise and connections needed to help you find the right fit for your Michiana company every time. Contact us today to learn what we can do for your team!

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