A new year means it is time to revisit hiring strategies, and implement new plans to attract and find the best candidates.  The job market is extremely competitive and good candidates are hard to find.  Reworking hiring plans now can help avoid costly hiring mistakes.  We have been advising our clients to rethink their hiring focus, and consider hiring for character. 

It used to be typical interview questions included, “Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.”  A candidate’s response to this type of question was scripted and simply regurgitated information contained in a resume.  No new insights about the candidate were gained and valuable interview time was wasted.  Better interview questions include:

  1. Tell me about a time you handled a situation in the wrong way?  How did you handle the situation?  What did you learn from that experience?
  2. Define what you believe “doing a great job” means?
  3. What is the last commitment you failed to keep?  Why?
  4. Tell me about a situation where you went above and beyond what was expected of you?
  5. What can you do for our department (company) that someone else cannot do?
  6. What kind of things do you not like to do?

Cierra Ford at BackgroundChecks.org helped develop an infograph that is a good resource for employers considering hiring new employees this year.  My favorite suggestion for employers is to start looking for good candidates before you need them.  That is definitely not a traditional way for employers to think about hiring new employees.  In practice, this means actively recruiting college and vocational graduates, and mining a variety of other places where potential employees can be found.  It may mean starting a paid internship program to gain access to new up-coming talent. 

Creativity is the key to find future candidates who will develop into great employees. The point to remember is that if your business is not creatively approaching its hiring strategy in 2015, your competitor is, and you stand to miss out on some great candidates.