08 Jan Hiring in 2020: How to Make Data-Driven Decisions During the Hiring Process
It’s a New Year and for many of you, that means a fresh new budget. If your New year’s resolution is to start spending your budget to fill open positions on your team, we get it. Obviously, you want the best, most qualified candidates from your hiring process. And with the right strategy in place – you will!
The old adage is to hire slowly, but we say hire smartly in 2020. Without the right process or right tools, finding the right people for the job is tough. Here are four tips to improve your 2020 hiring process:
- Don’t overlook the references. Instincts are powerful, but they can’t tell you about an employee’s past. Take the time to check candidates’ references. References are invaluable free resources that can prevent costly mistakes.
- Bring in an outsider. Bring in a third-party perspective during the interview process. If the role is highly cross-functional, bring in a rep from the major functions to weigh in on your top candidates. This can be extremely valuable in selecting the right candidate.
- Date before getting married. Structure your interview process so it represents actual scenarios this person would need to succeed in. For example, when filling a sales role, have the candidate present one of your sales tools. Another option is setting up a trial period so the candidate can start working with the team for up to 30 days before converting to full-time. This allows both sides to evaluate the fit.
- Get data-driven. Don’t rely on just your gut. As part of the interview process, use an assessment tool that will provide insight into a candidate’s cognitive abilities, behavioral traits and interests. This is a valuable, non-subjective way to compare strong candidates.
PRC knows how important the selection and hiring process is. That’s why we expanded our talent management capability with a powerful selection assessment tool called PXT Select™. It helps align people to roles based on the traits that are most important to be successful, so you can interview better, hire smarter and retain longer. We are using this new hiring assessment with clients and it is incredibly valuable as part of the hiring process because it provides insightful, actionable data about candidates. Get in touch with me here to get started!