The key to a successful thriving business is an effective team, and you can’t have an effective team without quality employees. So, one of the most important elements of shrewd management is knowing how to find the right people for the job. However, doing so can be tiring and time-consuming unless you have systems in place to streamline the process and you know exactly what you are looking for in potential personnel.

To really find the right members to add to your team, you need to move beyond well-developed resumes and fancy cover letters and really get to know the people you are considering for the job. New employees need to not only have the necessary skills and experience, but they also need to be a good fit within the company culture and have a willingness to take direction and face challenges. Using these strategies will help you efficiently separate the wanna-bees from the go-getters to find the absolute best person for the job.

Ask the Right Questions

There are certain questions you can’t just outright ask in interviews. However, you can ask poignant questions that will give you a good idea of the potential candidate’s personality and work ethic. For example, you may consider asking the individual’s reason for leaving a previous job. If he or she blames others or external forces, you can guess that the individual isn’t necessarily going to own problems in your work environment either. Other good questions to ask include: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why do you work? What motivates you to get up in the morning and start your day?

Turn the Tables

Most candidates expect to be the only ones answering questions in an interview. However, if you give them a chance to “turn the tables” and ask questions themselves, you and they will get a better idea of how they might fit in your company. Be sure to give the candidate an honest representation of what it’s like to work in your company.

Focus on Level of Education

The level of education an individual has may be the determining factor in the job pursuit process. Pursuing a higher level of education, like a master’s in business administration, shows real initiative. This can be an important consideration for candidates as well as you as the hiring professional. Going for a master’s in business takes drive and develops skills that are necessary in today’s work force. A higher degree is a definite way to stand out in the crowd and make oneself more marketable all around.

While asking the right questions, turning the tables, and focusing on education aren’t the only ways to find high-quality candidates, they are extremely important first steps. Use these techniques to begin evaluating potentials, and you’ll be well on your way to hiring the right personnel every time.


About Rachelle Wilber:

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.



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