Whether you are a growing company looking to hire your first employees, or you’re heading into another round of seasonal hiring, now is your chance to shine. When you have the right hiring strategies and preparation to onboard new staff, you can feel calm and confident during this sometimes-tedious process. Hiring new employees can be a nerve wracking and discouraging process, particularly for businesses who have very specific needs, but with the right tips, you can make it as hassle-free as possible.

You can improve your hiring capabilities with just a few simple changes. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind, before you begin advertising for staff openings:

1. Leverage your brand

Know what makes your business great, and be confident in what opportunities you offer. Many candidates are looking for more than just a job these days. Make sure you emphasize your strengths, your future goals, and your company values.

2. Use social media

In today’s age, it pays to be active on social media platforms, especially when looking to hire. For many industries, there are great candidates out there that you can reach through Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and more. Consider posting job opportunities on these sites.

3. Don’t rush your interviews

Too often, the people doing the interview lack the time, energy, and skill to do so effectively, and may miss out on the best candidates. Set aside enough time to get to know the candidate’s personality and potential, and come up with creative interview questions instead of relying on the same generic format.

4. Know your reputation

Most of the time, candidates will go into an interview already having done research on the company. Don’t be in the dark on your company’s reviews, whether those are on Google, GlassDoor, Yelp, or another public platform. Understand the public’s perception of your brand, and be prepared to address any potential concerns in your interviews.

5. Act quickly

Even if you aren’t in a hurry to hire, once you post your job listings, stay on top of them. Respond to inquiries quickly, set up interviews in a timely fashion, and don’t take too long to make hiring decisions. Often the best candidates are off the market within 10 days.

6. Consider prescreening

To best honor everyone’s time and energy, consider prescreening your applicants. This may come in the form of an online survey or quiz, a quick phone call, or something similar. You can weed out candidates that won’t fit your company culture or your scheduling/pay requirements early, without hassle.

Want more tips on how to hire effectively for your company? Get in touch with the business professionals at S.J. Wick & Associates today!