Finding the right person to fill your open position can be an overwhelming task. An open position creates a vast pool of candidates, some qualified, some not. Especially in a highly-technical field like engineering, the need to find a candidate with a specific skillset can prove arduous.
Follow these tips and practices to help manage your hiring process and find the perfect candidate for your open position.
Outline Your Organizational Culture
Company culture is one of the main drivers in how the goals of an organization are developed and executed. It’s essentially the functional heart of your business. Finding new staff members that align with your company culture is at the core of finding and bringing on the best talent.
Thoughtful analysis of how your work environment impacts workflow is crucial before the interview and review of new potential staff members. This doesn’t mean that everyone within your organization is like-minded – but, your team should have a clearly defined goal set and work passionately together to achieve those goals.
ID Your Current Top Performers
Determine what is already working and try to build from that when considering new hires. Talk to your human resources department to gather insight on successful key performance indicators (KPIs).
Ask yourself, what are the traits that enable your top people to be successful? Is it education or drive? Is it communication or interpersonal skills? No matter the KPI, seeking out candidates with similar traits will build on your current success. Align your interview questions to ask more about behaviors directly related to your identified work behaviors.
Utilize All Your Resources
It is important to identify and understand the details you’ve laid out for the position to be filled. It’s equally important to understand and utilize the recruitment tools available to you to stay organized and engaged with each candidate.
Technical screening tools and internal indicators are requirements that may be useful in determining the skillset of the candidate. Just as interpersonal markers give a good impression of how customer interactions go. Reaching out to recruiters that specialize in your industry is also a helpful resource for finding qualified candidates.
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Ditch Outdated Interview Styles
When conducting interviews, it’s better to tailor your interview questions to focus on the traits you want to attract as an addition to your team. Avoid the general questions and focus your questions on skill sets related to the position. Also, aim at a conversation-styled discussion, rather than drilling out questions for the interviewee to answer.
A conversation-focused interview will open the opportunity to get to know the candidate beyond their answers. A more free-flowing organic discussion also allows the interviewer to determine if the candidate would be the right fit for the team and company culture.
Though it may be difficult to find a new employee that fits into your company culture and aligns with your company’s goals, you can eliminate the stress by knowing exactly what you’re looking for and utilizing the tools that are available to you.
Looking to fill contract, temp, or ready-to-hire positions? Download our brochure to see how Strom Minnesota can help you find qualified candidates to fill your open positions.
Strom Minnesota is an engineering and technical recruitment agency that specializes in high-skilled job candidates for highly technical positions. We facilitate contract employment, project staffing, temp-to-perm and direct hire opportunities. Industries served include IT, engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. We are affiliated with Strom Engineering, a national staffing and recruitment agency.