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3 Steps To Supercharge Your Company’s Hiring November 3, 2014

Posted by Darwin in Uncategorized.
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Every company is looking for the most intelligent and committed team who can boost the brand to greater heights. Small brands need to realize that they often will have trouble competing with offers from larger companies who have a greater reach into the talent pool with well-known reputations, outlined paths for employees to move up and possibly even better benefit packages.

Instead of focusing on the classic employee mold, entrepreneurs might find better options with talented folks who didn’t get into the pedigreed university and won’t bring years of premium-brand work experience to the table. Startups have to seek those who have potential for growth and are lacking in certain respects (making them willing to take a job with a startup at a lower pay).

Finding these diamonds in the rough means spotting the critical traits they have in common and considering their interview from a different angle.

1. Curiosity

You need employees who ask unique questions and have the drive to find the answers. These individuals will challenge their co-workers and even the brand itself, pushing your company towards faster development. To find curious candidates, look for applicants with:

  • Interesting or fun pastimes
  • Outside of the box thinking
  • Intellectual quirks and problem-solving tendencies

2. Competitiveness

Your team members should hit the gas pedal and not let up until the mission is accomplished! Competitive employees will have the kind of drive that pushes them to exceed your expectations and create a competitive atmosphere. It’s written deep down in their nature to press onward despite setbacks and work hard to achieve high goals. Individuals with this character trait often have:

  • A history in organized sports
  • Competitive pastimes
  • Signs of mental toughness and resilience

3. Integrity

The most important characteristic for your employees to possess is integrity. Without that, you will have your hands full with employees who shave corners or even steal from your company. Dishonest people can severely hurt the reputation and direction of your brand. To help narrow down the field and discover a lot about the potential candidate you are interviewing, ask:

“What one thing about yourself could cause me to seriously question hiring you for this job? And, don’t try to spin it as a potential strength.”

The answer you receive will tell you a lot about the integrity, humility and self-awareness of the person you are interviewing. We all have a hidden part of ourselves that we work every day to overcome, but the first step towards overcoming them is admitting they exist in the first place!

It may take time to work through those who don’t shine on paper to determine who has true potential, but the reward is worth it. Cut some of your hours by using current technology advantages, like the Applicant Tracking System, to find true talent in the pool of resumes you are sifting through.

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