4 Tips on how to recruit top talent

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It is not easy to find the ideal employee for your company. You are flooded with applications and yet the right person is not there at least supposedly. Because often the lack of suitable junior staff is homemade. We have put together four points that you as an entrepreneur can pay attention to.

1. Try new things

Global globalization and digitization sometimes require new approaches and methods. This starts with the job advertisement.

  • Use social media: Generation Y ticks differently, adapt. Post a video on Instagram, start a survey on Facebook, draw attention to yourself.
  • Lower your expectations: Perfect employees are rare, don’t assume a flawless resume. Be open.
  • Change the focus: Instead of listing profile requirements, tell what your company has to offer. Like
    • flexible working models
    • agile working in small teams
    • flat hierarchies
    • exciting assignments
    • good development opportunities

2. Make a pre-selection

Now, at best, you’ve received a bunch of applications. How do you decide who to invite?

  • The cover letter: Differentiate whether a computer scientist or a graphic designer is applying. While the computer scientist does not need any creativity, the graphic designer should stand out with his application. Correct address and spelling are required in both cases.
  • The CV: A gap in your CV is no reason to sort someone out. It is more important that the CV is structured and that the candidate clearly defines his or her career path.
  • The testimonies: The previous references divide the spirits and it is not easy to judge them. Pay attention here to previous fields of activity. If you notice something negative, but the candidate fits wonderfully otherwise, talk to him about it.

3. Recognize motivation

In addition to professional and personal qualifications, the motivation and work attitude of a future employee is at least as important.

Therefore, always ask yourself the question: What do you expect from your future employee? Is it creativity, communication skills, ability to work under pressure, independence, assertiveness?

Depending on the focus, here are some possible questions for the interview:

“Why did you just apply to our company?”
“Why are you the right person for this job?”
“What merits are you particularly proud of, and why?”
“How do you imagine an optimal working environment?
“Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?”
“What motivates you to get up in the morning?”

4. The correct setting

Furthermore, it is important that the mindset, the candidate’s attitude, matches the values of your company.

Does the candidate fit humanely into your company and its team?
An employee with the right attitude shows high willingness to learn, loyalty and enthusiasm for the company and the job this can be more value than professional perfection from the start.

Tips at the end

  • Send an employee to an interview who knows your company inside out, who may have been working for you for a long time apart from you, of course! This way you will be able to determine whether the candidate really suits your company.
  • Have the willingness to train new employees.
  • Listen to your own intuition.

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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