Attracting top talent is vital to your organization, and it is essential that your hiring processes reflect that. Currently, we have one of the strongest job markets we have had in over a decade. Even though the unemployment rate has dipped to a 17-year low, the demand for talent remains high. What are you doing to stay competitive? Are you making hiring exceptional talent your top priority? If you want the best talent, find a way to stand out from your competition.
Attend to the Process
If you want the best talent, you must commit to the process, and attend to it every step of the way. You cannot just focus on hiring when you need to fill a position. Instead, you need to consistently build your vital team and create a work environment that will be appealing and inviting.
Tell a Compelling Story
Companies need to have a compelling story to excite candidates about working for your organization. The story should include the history of the company but should highlight the company culture. You want the story to show candidates that they will have a chance to learn and grow in a diverse environment. Show the candidate how they will benefit from working at your company. Will they experience professional development? Will they learn new skills? Will there be opportunities for promotion? You want the candidate to be able to envision their long-term career trajectory. Is your company crushing its goals? If so, make sure you tell them how. Candidates want to work in an organization that’s on a clear path of success.
Treat Candidates Well
How you treat the candidate matters. You must treat them well from first contact through the completion of the hiring process . . . and beyond. Keep in mind that your top candidates will likely have other job offers, so they will be highly selective when making their final decision. If the candidate sees how much effort you put into your hiring process, they will realize how committed you are to hiring only the best. This will make them feel valued.
Align Your New Talent with Core Values Like Respect
Jim Collins, an author, and expert on company sustainability states:
Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus….For no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect, we cannot possibly have a great life. But if we spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect — people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us — then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes. The people we interviewed from the good-to-great companies clearly loved what they did, largely because they loved who they did it with.”
Most of our waking hours are spent at work. The goal is to have and keep those around you that you value and respect and also get the job done in an effective and efficient environment that is inviting and collaborative. Finding and hiring the right people will breed success. Don’t you think it is time to make hiring top talent your #1 priority?
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