Talented employees are the cornerstone of any successful business. Even in today's economy the most talented workers have plenty of choices. Here's how to make sure they join you company, not your competition.
1. Make a good first impression
When the ideal candidate walks through your door, what does he/she see or feel? Have you created an appealing place to spend 50 to 60 hours a week? What does your work environment tell the candidate about you and your company?A bad first impression makes it very hard to entice a strong candidate to your payroll.
2. Draft WhyDocs
Every candidate will be thinking is why he/she should join your company. You should be able to explain to your candidate why the move to your firm will be in the candidate's best interest.
3. Remember it is not all about you
Avoid the temptation on spending all your time selling the candidate on how great your company is without first understanding what really matters to the candidate.
4. Get out and Hunt
When it is a critical need to fill positions, take the initiative and call key people whom you respect. Ask them for the names of top performers they know or have worked with.
5. Stay Flexible
The more you can offer, the more likely you are to win the heart of your candidate. It is never just about money. Candidates want growth, development, opportunity, recognition and lifestyle. No one wants to put 60+ hours per week and be unable to leave early on Friday to coach their child's basketball team.
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