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Hiring Practices

By: Bryan Durocher
Posted: March 4, 2010, from the March 2010 issue of
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However, remember, you can train people in the knowledge and skills arena, so it is most vital that the new team member has come in with the right attitude, which is untrainable. These characteristics build the framework of the candidate and are used to build the basis of integral interview questions and processes. Start with these qualities, and expand on them as the position and business requires.

Recruitment

When working around the issue of recruitment, the more innovative, consistent and aggressive you can be, the more likely you are going to find the right kind of team members to work with. Hiring is a 24–7 process, and all businesses should be continually accepting applications and even bringing people in for interviews, even if there are not positions currently available. This helps keep employers open to the best potential employees, despite any adverse timing issues.

To encourage continual interest for applicants, have a “Join Our Team” tab on your Web site where people can fill out an online application. Things can change rapidly and you never know when the need for a new team member will arise, so always keeping as many options as possible available to you is a smart move.

Hiring resources

Finding the right people to even interview can take immense amounts of time, so using some tried-and-true screening methods can be incredibly helpful in your search. Options such as classified screening and Internet marketing can save you countless hours across the desk from an interviewee who clearly isn’t a right fit for your business.

Classified screening. When advertising an available position via a classified ad, the ad should be as specific as possible to eliminate individuals who are not appropriate for the job. The ad also should provide enough information and details about the position, its compensation structure, benefits and other noteworthy aspects, such as the opportunity to work with a well-respected surgeon, to entice the right types of candidates.