Below we have listed five top tips for improving the quality of your hires.

Did you know that less than a quarter of UK businesses are confident about measuring the quality of their hires?

Although a common issue, finding and retaining the right people is a key part of running a business. How exactly do you do this however? Below we have listed five top tips for improving the quality of your hires.

Don’t make snap judgments

One in five hiring managers admit to making a decision about a candidate within the first minute of meeting them. While it may be human nature to do this, making an impromptu and uninformed decision about someone who is going to be an important part of your business can spell disaster.

If you disregard someone because you don’t think they’re the kind of person you’d enjoy going for a drink with after work for example, you could be missing out on top quality talent. On the other hand, hiring someone because you got on well with them while disregarding all the evidence that this could be a problematic or short-lived recruit, will obviously also affect the quality of your hires.

Use assessment tools

Job interviews are without a doubt the best way to determine whether or not someone is right for a role. If you want to ensure that you make great hires time and time again, don’t rely on just the interview however.

The use of assessment tools can drastically improve the quality of your hires. Anything from video interviewing and situational judgement tests to psychometric assessments can help you to determine how people will perform once they’re actually in the role.

Modify the job to fit the right candidate

Attracting really great talent is difficult because chances are they’re already in a job and even if they are currently in the market for a new role, there will be a lot of competition for them and they’ll get snapped up quickly.

If you’ve found an exceptional candidate, you’d be wise to be flexible with the role on offer. Say for example they’re absolutely perfect for the job but there’s just one skill they’re missing – think about whether or not they can be trained in this area or attend a course to bring them up to speed. Perhaps they would like to work from home one day a week. Even if this isn’t something you’re overly keen on, it’s well worth considering if you don’t want to lose the candidate.

Build profiles based on your top performers

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a sure-fire way of knowing whether or not somebody is going to be a successful long-term hire before you made them an offer? While there is of course no guaranteed way of knowing this, you can greatly improve the likelihood of it happening.

Build a profile of the attributes of all the top performers in your organisation. You can then use this to identify similar characteristics when interviewing candidates so you know exactly what to look out for.

Use a recruiter

We know we might be slightly biased when it comes to this but enlisting the help of a recruitment agency can really help to improve the quality of your hires for a number of reasons:

  • A professional recruiter can dedicate more time to the process, leaving you free to carry on with the day-to-day running of your business.
  • Recruiters have a lot of experience and are therefore in a better position to establish whether or not someone would make a good hire.
  • They often work with candidates in the long-term so they have first-hand experience of how this person performs in a role.
  • Agencies often work with the same people again and again. This means that they have a database of candidates they know for certain make great employees.

If you would like help making your next hire, please contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.