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How to Avoid Hiring Mediocre Talent in a Candidate Market

November 8th, 2016

Avoid hiring mediocre talent Westchester NY - Concorde Personnel

Nothing is worse than going through the interviewing and hiring process, even the onboarding process, only to realize that you hired a mediocre employee. Not terrible, but not the man or woman you thought you hired, not the one you need to help your company reach their goals and succeed.

To avoid making this costly and time-consuming mistake, follow these five pointers.

1. Don’t Give In

When you decide the qualifications you need for the position you are hiring for, you need to stand firm. Don’t give in or be lenient with those qualifications. You might have to look longer or ask more questions in interviews, but it’s worth the time to find the qualified candidate who can do the job the way you need it to be done.

2. Find the Right Characteristics that Match Your Company

Before you begin the interviewing or hiring process, you should first take a step back and determine the characteristics of your company culture. When you determine the characteristics and qualities of your company culture, you will then make those qualities must-haves with your new hires. Don’t compromise on these characteristics either – they will impact your company’s environment, the morale of employees, and ultimately the degree of your company’s success.

3. Recruit Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are already employed at another company and not even looking for a job. You won’t be recruiting passive candidates when you have an urgent need to fill a position. This is an exercise that you will practice consistently. It allows you to comb through the professionals in your industry who have the qualifications and characteristics that you need.

4. Use a Staffing Agency

Partnering with a professional staffing agency takes the recruitment process to the next level. The staffing agency has a large network of potential hires who they know have created relationships with. They will also begin a relationship with you and will let you know when they have someone who meets the criteria you have and who they think will help your company succeed.

5. If You Can, Hire More than One

If it at all possible, hire more than one candidate for the position. In this situation, you will be able to see which candidate is better suited for your company and the position in the true element. It might sound odd, but it’s a practice that several companies use. You may see that one candidate truly shines for the position you need to fill, and you also might notice that the other candidate will fit in a different department.

Hire Stellar Candidates for Your Company

For more guidance on how to hire the best employees for your company, contact Concorde Group. As a leader in Westchester staffing, we have been matching employees to companies for years.

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