As a hiring manager, one of your responsibilities is to find the ideal person for each job vacancy. However, low unemployment often means it is harder to find professionals with the right mix of skills and experience. Additionally, skill shortages can make things even more challenging.
When you need to add a new hire, locating the best possible candidate is always a must. If you aren’t sure who to choose, here are some signs you may have found the right person for the job.
A strong candidate is going to do more than discuss the skills they bring to the table. They are going to quantify their experience, providing hard numbers on their resume or during that interview that demonstrate they can deliver on the job.
When you are meeting with a job seeker, review their resume for these details in advance. Then, ask questions that allow them to elaborate on these points, or seek out new examples that show the information in their resume isn’t a fluke.
Communication skills are vital to nearly any role. After all, interacting with co-workers, clients, and management are common duties, and being able to express oneself properly is critical.
Review the candidate’s resume to learn more about their written communication skills. Issues like spelling or grammar errors could be warning signs they aren’t as effective in that area.
Then, during the interview, consider not just the information they provide, but how they deliver it. Does it feel conversational or mechanical? Are they able to develop a response on the fly or can they only offer canned or overly rehearsed answers?
Ideally, the person needs to be fairly comfortable speaking with others. So, if they struggle significantly during the interview, they may act similarly in every professional interaction.
A strong candidate will have taken the time to research the company, the role, and even the industry before coming in for an interview. They will provide targeted responses that speak to the organization’s priorities since they are usually well-informed.
Great candidates will also ask intelligent questions, working to delve deeper into what makes the business unique and the opportunity itself. Additionally, they will have an obvious passion for the work and may even mention larger career goals that keep them motivated.
Inquisitive job seekers are generally more excited about the position, which could be an indication that they want not just to impress but excel professionally. Plus, they may be more open to learning new skills, which can make them an asset over the long-term.
Ultimately, if you discover the three above traits in a candidate, along with the appropriate technical skills, there’s a significant chance you’ve found the best person possible for the position, and you might want to consider extending a job offer.
If you are interested in learning more or are looking for top-notch job seekers for your vacant positions, the professionals at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us to discuss your hiring needs today and see how our services can make finding exceptional candidates easier than ever.