Finding the right person to fill your open position can be an overwhelming task. Especially in a highly-technical field like engineering, the need to find a candidate with a specific skillset can prove arduous. Start here with these tips to manage your hiring process and find the right candidate for your open position.
Outline Your Organizational Culture
Company culture dictates how the goals of the organization are developed and executed. It is the functional heart of your business. Finding new staff members that will work well within your culture is at the core of finding and hiring the best talent – whether these employers are temporary or long-term. Thoughtful analysis of how the environment impacts workflow is crucial before beginning to review and interview potential new staff. That doesn’t mean that everyone within the organization should be like-minded – but it does mean the team should have a clearly defined goal set and work passionately together to achieve those goals.
ID Your Current Top Performers
Determine what already works and try to build on that when considering new hires. Talk to Human Resources and management to gather input on successful key performance indicators (KPIs). What are the traits that enable your top people to be successful? Is it education or drive? Maybe communication or interpersonal skills? Whatever those KPIs are, seeking out candidates with similar traits will build on that success. Tailor interview questions to ask about behaviors directly related to the work behaviors you have identified.
Utilize All Your Resources
It is crucial to understand the details and requirements of the position you are trying to fill. It is equally important to utilize all the recruitment tools available, so you can stay organized and focused on each candidate. Technical screening tools and internal indicators and requirements may be useful in determining the skillset of the candidate. Just as interpersonal markers give a good impression of how customer interactions will go. Tapping into a recruiter that specializes in your industry is also an excellent resource for finding qualified candidates.
Ditch Outdated Interview Styles
Conduct interviews focused on the traits you want to attract and add to your team. Use skillset-focused questions during the interview process and avoid general questions. Try to create a discussion rather than a stunted back and forth question and answer. If the interview process flows more organically, you will get a better idea if the candidate will be the right fit on the team and within the company culture.
Finding the right person to join your team is no small undertaking. It can be competitive and overwhelming. Take the stress out of the process by outlining exactly what you are looking for, utilizing the tools available and conducting fruitful interviews.
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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.