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Hiring Effectively

Hiring can be a challenging task, especially in today’s market. That’s why many small businesses are turning to HR consultants for help with recruiting and talent acquisition. To ensure a successful hiring process, it’s important to clearly understand the role you’re looking to fill and the qualifications required.

Start with a good job description.

One of the first steps in filling a vacancy is to create a thorough and accurate job description, which should include a descriptive title that accurately reflects the position’s responsibilities. 

In the job description, list all necessary responsibilities and requirements, including any required experience, education, or licenses. 

Introducing your business to potential candidates is also a good idea, especially if you advertise the position on external websites. Include information about your company culture, the customers or industries you serve, how long your company has been operating, and other key features that will instill confidence and portray stability in your business.

If you’re unsure how to craft the perfect job description, consider seeking the help of an HR consultant.

Compensation considerations

When it comes to offering competitive salaries and benefits, it’s essential to research and understand your industry’s current market trends. An HR consultant can also help with a detailed compensation analysis to see where your business stands regarding salary and benefits compared to others in the industry.

Find the best place to post your job.

There are several options for advertising open positions. Consider investing in job boards that cater to your specific industry if you’re looking for top talent versus social media platforms, like LinkedIn or Facebook, for entry-level positions. It’s also helpful to advertise open positions on your company website and encourage employee referrals.

The length of time a job posting should remain open depends on the type of position, the level of experience required, and the availability of candidates. If you’re in a competitive industry and looking for top talent, you may want to leave the posting open for an extended period.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an entry-level position and receiving a high volume of applications, you may want to close the posting sooner.

Weeding through applicants

The number of candidates you consider will depend on the specific position and the quality of applicants. You may want to consider a larger pool if you’re in a competitive industry and receiving many qualified candidates. However, if the quality or quantity of candidates is low, you may want to consider a smaller pool.

Interview techniques

During interviews, it’s important to ask questions that provide you with a better understanding of the candidate’s skills, experience, and fit for the role. Open-ended questions allow candidates to elaborate on their experiences and qualifications. To narrow down the list of candidates, consider conducting second interviews, checking references, or asking for additional materials, such as writing samples or work portfolios.

Get opinions from others.

For a well-rounded perspective on candidates, it’s important to have a diverse group of people involved in the hiring process, such as HR staff, team leaders, and even employees who will be working closely with the new hire. Involving multiple people in the hiring process can help ensure that the final decision is informed and in the best interest of your business.

The best approach to hiring

A successful hiring process involves crafting a thorough and accurate job description, offering competitive salaries and benefits, advertising in the right places, and involving diverse people in the decision-making process. With the right strategies, you can find the perfect candidate to join your team.

Isaac Wheeler

J. Isaac Wheeler is the owner of Express Employment Professionals, Akron West, in Fairlawn. For more information, visit