Positive Options Hiring Guide
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Decide Who Will Help MakeThis Decision
The best hiring outcomes generally involve selection by a group of people. The best people to involve are those whose work will be most directly impacted by the position. We recommend the following: 2 levels of management above this position, two peers, one direct report and one HR person. This group becomes your “position experts.”
Define/Review the Job Description and Essential Competencies
Define organizational needs from this position in the following areas:
(this should be updated annually)
Specify job requirements:
- Core Functions (the technical part of this job)
- Customer Service/New Business Development
- Financial Results
- HR Management and Employee Development
- Work experience
- Technical Skills (these can be taught)
- Performance Skills (these are abilities the candidate needs to already possess)
- Identify essential competencies.
For most managerial positions, competencies should be listed in the areas of Business, People and Self-management.
Define Assessment Methods and Process
Develop Interview Questions
Define Testing Results desired
- Identify Key Responsibilities and Competencies
- Select major interview topic areas
- Formulate behavioral questions
Determine extent of Background and Reference Checks
- Job Fit – determine how well does the candidate matches the demands of the job
- Emotional Intelligence
- Skills testing
Determine Other Assessments Needed
- Panel Interview
- Oral Presentation
- Response to HR situations (use in management situations)
Sourcing is dependent upon industry, type of position, availability of candidates and the opportunity that is being presented.
Screen Resumes to Insure Minimum Qualifications Are Met
Screening is best done with a list of absolute requirements and the priorities for the position. This is not a place to spend a lot of time or put a tremendous amount of faith in the information that is provided. Studies have clearly shown that over fifty percent of resumes presented today have some false information.
Once the resumes are sorted down to a reasonable number, a phone screen is done to determine who will proceed in the process. Phone screens are best done with an interview rating form listing critical areas and providing a place to rate the candidate responses.
Conduct Initial Applicant In-Person Screening
Have the candidate complete your application form
Complete a brief screening Interview to ensure the person meets minimum requirements
Explain pre-employment testing, both the process and purpose
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Candidate Completes On-line Assessments
Review the screening and selection results before doing further interviewing. Use the results to individualize your questions.
Supervisor In-Depth Interview
The person the position reports to conducts this interview. We can help you develop an in-depth interview that accomplishes five things:
- Evaluate the ability to perform the job
- Evaluate the candidate’s fit for the job and company
- Provide a realistic job preview (at the end of the interview)
- Sell the job
- Complete the Selection Assessment Profile
Conduct Reference Checks
Successful hiring requires comprehensive background and/or reference checking. Research tells us that the majority of people applying for jobs are willing to falsify their resumes and applications if they feel it will help them get the job. We recommend using a script and taking notes during this conversation. Positive Options can recommend which checks should be conducted for your position, and if your company does not have a background service, we can recommend a company.
Panel interviews are essential for comprehensive assessment and retention. Most jobs above entry level require the new employee to establish effective working relationships with several key people. Each of these people has different needs in terms of how the position affects their workflow. As a result they have different priorities and expectations for the person in the position. Unless these differences are taken into account in the hiring process there is a good chance the wrong person will be hired for the job. In addition, the new hire will not get the support they need when they arrive and the performance of people around them may diminish.
Usually, the panel is made up of the “position experts” identified in Step One. The questions used by the panel are developed from the competencies and performance skills identified in Step Two. Panel members have a strong stake in this position, so they are very invested in a good hiring decision.
If appropriate, have the candidate do one of the following toward the end of the interview:
Give a brief oral presentation
Address a common management situation
Rank Candidates by Skill and Fit
At the conclusion of the panel interview, each person who has participated in the hiring decision rates each candidate, using a Candidate Scorecard. When all of the interviewing is complete, this group meets with the hiring manager and shares their ratings and recommendations. Most of the time there is considerable agreement about candidate ranking.
Offer the Position to the Top Candidate
Once the best candidate has been identified, a conditional job offer can be made. The offer is conditional if there are further background checks to run that require a date of birth or if there is a required medical exam. Get agreement with the candidate on expectations, standards and accountability processes. Also, agree on compensation and benefits and agree on the start date. Put all of this in writing in the Offer Letter.
Conduct Medical/Drug Screens and Background Checks (as needed)
The candidate can be considered to have regular employment status when the medical and background check requirements are satisfied.
A well-developed, thorough onboarding process is essential to retain employees. The process is typically staged to take place over a three to six month period of time. Information should be staged and presented when the new employee has the best chance of benefiting from and retaining it.
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