When there are open positions to fill, you have the chance to add team members who can enhance your current status quo and take your company to the next level. On the other hand, if you hire the wrong people, you could be facing an epic fail that will be costly on budget, as poor hiring decisions typically result in expensive turnover costs.
So, how do you combat the potential pitfalls and find people who will be perfect for your team? Many decision-makers are far removed from the day-to-day tasks of the people under them. Ironically, these same leaders are often the people tasked with choosing which candidates to hire. When you take a step back, and look at the bigger picture, this system is set up for failure. If you want to hire folks who will truly fit well with your existing team, you need to go directly to the source, and seek input from the people who will be working next to the new colleague. Remove yourself from your role as a leader, and become a learner, the results can be astonishing!
Gathering Employee Feedback Boosts Engagement
When you seek assistance from your existing staff, employees will appreciate the fact that you trust them enough to want their feedback. This simple act shows that you trust your team and want what’s best for them — two key elements to boosting existing employee engagement. If you don’t want to be stuck filling more positions in the near future, it’s vital to learn how to build and retain employee engagement at every opportunity.
Integrating the Input of Existing Employees
Before you even begin calling candidates into your conference rooms, consult with your team members. Begin by bringing everyone in as a group. This will allow people to bounce ideas off each other as suggestions are made. Make note of the following characteristics:
- What do they do everyday?
- What traits make the existing team work well together?
- What are the downsides to the work they do? (Although this isn’t a pretty question, the honesty can help open discussion for further improvement in the future, and it can help you identify candidates who can withstand the downfalls in the meantime.)
- What can your team or company do to improve?
Each of these questions will likely lead to longer discussions from which you can derive plenty of information that you can take back to leadership regarding both the addition of your new team members, as well as changes that should be considered for your existing employees.
Invite Your Employees to the Interviews
Rather than relying on your instinct, bring a team member or two to the interviews. They will likely think of questions you may not have even considered, and when it’s time to choose the right candidate, you’ll be able to gather a more well-rounded general consensus.
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