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If you are the owner of a company, you have likely noticed that one of the main problems that you have is finding good employees that are not going to leave the job immediately. This can be frustrating because it can be really difficult to find employees that have the skills that you need and who will mesh with company culture. However, finding these employees can help reduce turnover and make your business more productive. Here are some tips for making sure that you are able to hire great employees that are going to work well for your company.
1. Check How Candidates Treat Service Workers and Receptionists
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are not hiring someone that is going to be unpleasant to work with. Luckily, it is relatively easy to view how people will treat fellow employees by seeing how they treat service workers or people that don't have a lot of power in a company. For example, you can screen out unpleasant candidates by talking to your receptionist about how he or she was treated by anyone that you are interviewing. If the receptionist was treated well, even though an applicant doesn't know that he or she has any impact on hiring, then you can be relatively certain that the person you interviewed will be pleasant. You can also take potential employees to lunch to see how they treat the waiters there.
2. Check to Make Sure That Candidates Are Being Compensated At a Level They Think is Fair
The next thing that you need to do is make sure that the compensation that you are able to offer a candidate will seem fair to him or her. It might seem fair to you, but you are going to get a happier, more dedicated employee if it seems fair to him or her. Compare what you are offering to what the candidate worked for in the past and what the candidate is requesting now. If your offer is too low without soft benefits to make up for it, then you might want to consider passing on the candidate in order to save yourself the turnover.
3. Check for Competence
Make sure that you design your interview questions to really test a candidate's knowledge of the skills needed for the job. If you are hiring a programmer, design questions that will cause him or her to have to think outside the box. If you are hiring a business analyst, create difficult situations that they will have to analyze. Make sure that you are getting to the heart of the candidate's skill set.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in employment recruiting.