Attraction and Recruitment

Achieving an employee/company match

It’s important to look beyond a candidate’s skills and experience if you want the best chance of hiring someone who will be a good match for your organisation’s values and who will go on to become a valuable asset to the business.

Looking further than assets that can be summed up on a CV and considering the employee/company match is often the route to securing a new member of staff who will stay with the business for longer and achieve greater levels of productivity and performance.

The first step to achieving this is to ensure that you really understand the workings of your own business and the people already in place. Do this by:

  • Talking to staff about their likes and dislikes in an open, non-judgemental way that allows them freedom of speech.
  • Looking through the eyes of an outsider and watching your current employees as they work to assess work patterns and atmosphere.
  • Assessing the work space in terms of décor, lighting and space, and determining what impact these are having on work practices and employees.
  • Comparing your business with competitors in the context of company outlook, environment and atmosphere.

The next step

Once you have decided what type of candidate you believe will be a good fit for your business, you then need to evaluate the individuals themselves to find a match.

Motivational and behavioural questions at interview can help you to determine if a person has the characteristics you desire. Questions do not have to be complex to be effective. Consider asking the basics such as why the candidate feels they are most suitable for the role or ask them to give you their thoughts on what their perfect job would be.

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