Hiring the right person has never been more important than it is today. Given the employment climate and the fact that hiring the wrong person can be massively inconvenient, not to mention costly getting it right is imperative.

Here are five tips to help you to ensure that you hire the right person for the job the first time and every time.

  1. Craft the Job Description Carefully. Whether or not your organization gives you a job description, you need not rely solely on their description to help you to advertise the job. As you write, consider not just what the candidate will be doing but also how the job may change over the course of the next few years. Make it clear that the job will change and grow and evolve as they must do.
  2. Know the Candidates Aspirations. Ask questions about where they see themselves in 3-5 or 10 years. Know how you see the job role that you are filling changing and where you see it going in that same time span. Is your vision for the job and their vision for their future in line? If not, consider not sending them out for this interview, but rather, finding something else that they may like better and that may be more in tune with their needs.
  3. Ask the Right Questions During the Vetting Process. It can be tedious and mind-numbing to examine references but it’s one of the best ways to get to know their personality. You need not to ask prohibited questions to get a sense of who they are and what they do. Vetting your candidate isn’t just about learning their skills, it’s about finding out how they interact with others, how they work and what seems to motivate them.
  4. Pay Close Attention to the Questions That the Candidate Asks. These can speak volumes about who they are and what they want from the job. Usually, the best people care a great deal about the team they will work with and they want to make sure they are a good fit. They will ask questions not only about the work but also about the people with whom they will be working and the kind of workers they are going to spend time with.
  5. Know Your Own Organization’s Culture Well and Make it a Priority When You Are Hiring. It goes without saying that if you know your own culture and your institution’s priority, you will also know clearly who doesn’t fit it when you meet them. Ask questions designed to let you know if they are forward thinking and clearly understand the kind of organization they are going to be working with.

In short, hiring should be multi-faceted and take in every aspect of the person.

Take a holistic approach to hiring. Make it a point to only hire someone you want to work with. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said he would only hire someone to work for him if he would work for that person.


Article provided by, K-12 Recruitment Group – a recruiting firm focused exclusively on filling K-12 administrative leadership positions throughout the USA


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