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3 Recruitment Tips for Small Businesses May 9, 2014

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The goal of any company is hiring the best professionals in any industry. Hiring managers are often faced with the complication of shifting through several different applicants and individuals, but that does not mean it is impossible to find the top talent. Even a small business can hire like the largest companies with the right tools and attitude.

Look at Past Work

Fortune 500 companies often evaluate the portfolio or past work of an individual before hiring. By looking for employees who create products that the company wants or needs, it is easier to ensure that the applicant is a good fit for the goals and plans of the business.

Even new college graduates can bring in past projects that were developed in the classroom. Ask candidates to bring their portfolio and take a look at projects in person. Evaluate their abilities and ask about the different steps that were taken to create the product or complete the project.

Past work can provide insights into the individual’s capabilities, interests and methods of handling different ideas. It helps determine if the candidate is a good fit for the company or still have room to grow.

Narrow Down the Choices

Use an Applicant Tracking System to narrow down the candidates based on specific factors that are required for the position. If the position requires three years of previous work experience, then use the system to eliminate applications that have fewer than three years of experience.

Avoid setting requirements for a specific set of schools, such as Ivy League universities, to reduce the risk of eliminating the best talent. Some of the best candidates will come from unexpected places, such as non-traditional education via trade schools or small universities.

Ask Thoughtful Questions

Fortune 500 companies are always looking for the best professionals in any industry. As a hiring manager, it is important to ask questions that are thoughtful based on the position. Avoid trick questions; instead, focus on interviews that evaluate the skills and abilities of the individual.

If the candidate brought in a project that took several months to complete, then ask about changes that may have been made if they had more time. Ask about how they would handle a project that had less time. Keep the interview as thoughtful as possible to ensure that the candidates are a good fit for the company.

The process of finding the top talent requires the use of creative questions, careful evaluation and updated technology and tools. By using an Applicant Tracking System, narrowing down the choices and then interviewing the best candidates in ways that evaluate their past performance, their process of completing a project and the ways that they adjust to different situations, it is easier to find the best professionals in any field.

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