Let’s Get Right Down to Basics

We can talk all day about leadership and leadership skills, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter a bit what your leadership skills are, or are not, if you’ve not hired the right employees to begin with.

You can apply every “situational leadership” tip, every “motivation” tip, and every “communication” tip, but if your employees are not well suited for the jobs they are doing, your company’s results will be far less than needed.

How can you be sure you’re hiring the right employees?

1. Start by developing and updating a detailed Job Profile for every position in your company. This is more than a list of duties and responsibilities, it details every facet of the job and its requirements.

2. If you have not already done so, validate the hiring process for your company. This process will keep you in compliance with the EEOC, highlight your hiring mistakes, and set you back on the correct path.

3. Correctly and carefully recruit and screen your job applicants. There’s a right and a wrong way to do everything, and this area is fraught with dangers.

4. Conduct a valid screening interview. Surely you’re not still doing, “Tell me all about yourself.” Are you?

5. Make a job offer your ideal candidate can’t refuse.

6. Continue the hiring process through an outstanding orientation and training program.

Now, and only now, do you need to be concerned with things like the working environment, the company’s culture, situational leadership, motivation, and communication.

Yes, I’ve simplified the depth and breadth of things hiring managers need to do, to make sure they’re hiring the right employees. But this is a blog, not a book. If you’re interested in more “how to,” check out the Second Edition of Hiring Right: A Business Blueprint for Lower Turnover and Higher Profits. It was updated and published in December 2014, and includes all the details you will need.

However, if you want help with any particular aspect of Hiring Right, email me at info@patkelleyauthor.net or comment below, and I’ll do my very best to help you! And there’s no obligation to you at all . . . helping others learn to “hire right” is my mission!

About Pat Kelley, MS, SPHR

Pat Kelley, MS, SPHR, is the author of three non-fiction books, including the Second Edition of Hiring Right: A Business Blueprint for Lower Turnover and Higher Profits. She is a retired Human Resources Director with more than 40 years' experience. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, she is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management.
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