Hiring someone new is always a challenge. We’ve given some tips to help with the green hiring process previously, but you can never have too many, so here are three more.
- Give them a test assignment (if possible)
Don’t be afraid to take your green job candidate for a test drive. Samples and work experience are great, but how can you really know for sure they will transfer over to the needs of your company without seeing them in action firsthand? If the position is one that allows the opportunity to give a test assignment, do so. If the green job is one they truly desire, you will see their best effort on display in a timely manner to show you they mean business.
- Always be on the lookout for new talent
Ideally, you’ll be in a position where you’re bringing in so much work that you always have a need for new green employees. Having a steady flow of work makes you a desirable location alone, but even if not, you should always be on the lookout for talent that could boost your company. Start establishing relationships with people even if you don’t have a role currently available. Maybe somewhere down the road you will have a need or something opens up and they will be the perfect person for the role.
- Don’t settle for less
If you have an immediate need, there will be a temptation to hire whomever is the best out of your candidate pool. But if you’re not crazy about the hire, it might be a better option to wait until you’re confident you’ve found the right person for the long haul, not just for right now.
These three tips can help you in the interview process and enable you to attract the green job candidates you really want. Don’t forget to post your job on CareerBuilder to find the best candidates and good luck in your search!