Planning Your 2016 Hiring Strategy

December 18th, 2015

As you plan to address your hiring needs for 2016, look back at your hiring process in 2015 to see what worked and what didn’t, and to make adjustments so that your 2016 hiring is successful. Think about these questions and consider making changes where needed.

  1. Did you define job responsibilities clearly? It’s impossible to find the right person for the job if you can’t clearly say what they’ll need to do in the job. Take the time to define exactly what the role will be. Make sure you evaluate all candidates equally against these requirements to find the best fit.
  1. Did you make the hiring decisions by yourself? Once you’re a manager with the ability to make hiring decisions, your hands-on time with technology diminishes and so does your ability to assess technical qualifications. Be sure to have candidates evaluated by other members of your team who are closer to the technical work. And since your team will probably work more closely with the new hire than you will, listen to their input about the candidate’s interpersonal skills. It’s also important to check the candidate’s references; don’t settle for verifying dates of employment, but also verify the candidate’s competence.
  1. Is it taking too long to hire new staff? Did you fill all your positions this past year quickly, easily, and with the right people, or did you struggle, leaving positions unfilled for a long time? If you found it difficult to hire, you may have been looking in the wrong places, or you may not be offering the competitive salaries and benefits needed to attract candidates as the job market heats up.
  1. What are you doing to retain staff? The more staff you retain, the less you have to hire replacements. Pay attention to your staff morale. Take individual development planning seriously, and work with each team member to evaluate where they are and where they want to go. Understand what your staff values—respect, money, recognition, challenge—and deliver it so they have no reason to go elsewhere in search of rewards.

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