Why Hiring the Right Person for the Job Matters in Business
Oct 05, 2021 12:58 PM EDT
In a business setting, there are certain things you can do as the owner or operator that make it much more likely that your company will succeed within your niche. Hiring the proper person to fill each open position you have is at the top of that list.
This article will discuss why finding the right candidate to fill each position matters so much and how you can locate them.
It Helps to Hire Individuals with Specified Knowledge
When you're hiring someone to fill a spot within your company, there are essentially two ways you can do it. You can find the person who you think has the best qualifications and bring them on board. You can also hire virtually anyone and train them if you believe they can learn the skill set the position requires.
When we're talking about hiring someone who has very particular skills, what we're speaking about is specific knowledge. People you find and potentially hire might know about all kinds of things.
For instance, maybe you want to hire a lawyer for your company and pay to keep them on retainer. The lawyer you hire might have particular legal knowledge, like knowing whether lane splitting is legal in New York or how much worker's comp insurance you need to carry in California. You may need to hire someone based on the specific knowledge they bring to the table.
So-called "unskilled' jobs are the ones where you can hire virtually anyone and train them to fulfill a function within the company. However, doing business this way seldom works out. That's because if all you need is a living, breathing human body, and anyone will do, there's no reason to think that the person you hire will work out in the long term.
You Should Look for Individuals Who Already Have the Skills You Need
When you post a job on a site like Monster, Indeed, or LinkedIn, it helps if you ask for the individual you're looking to hire to already have some experience in that particular position. For instance, if you're hiring someone to work in your accounting department, they should already have an accounting degree, if at all possible. If you're hiring someone to work in the HR department, they should have a relevant Bachelor's degree.
Whether you're looking to fill a position in business administration, organizational development, or whatever else, you want that person to have the schooling which qualifies them for that post. If you hire someone who does not seem qualified or has never worked in that sort of position before, that will prove disastrous more times than not.
How Can You Find These Individuals?
Aside from posting jobs on employment sites and seeing what kind of responses you get back, you can also do some recruiting on college campuses. You can set up a booth at a job fair to see if you can attract some attention that way.
You should also try to pay a very generous salary for each position within your company if you can afford it. Many companies right now are finding that they cannot find individuals to fill open positions.
The reason is that these companies are only paying minimum wage, or very slightly above it. They keep trying to get away with doing this because nothing is legally preventing them from paying any less than what federal law dictates.
If you do this, you're probably only going to get the least-qualified candidates. That's because if you post jobs that pay the very least, you're likely to attract workers from the job market who are the most desperate. They will also probably have very little formal training in any industry, much less the particular one in which you've situated your company.
Finding the right individual for the job involves making sure they have the proper credentials and offering them a generous salary and benefits. Those might include healthcare, vacation days earlier than the average company offers, maternity and paternity leave, etc.
There are very few laws in this country that require you to offer any of that. If you do so voluntarily, that immediately sends the message that yours would be an excellent company for which to work.
The other thing you must do is hire based on a gut feeling that this is the right person for the job. That's not always easy, but it's a skill that should come to you in time.