We hear horror stories these days when it comes to hiring. The most common is that employers can’t find applicants to fill openings. But we also hear that people accept jobs and then don’t show up. Or worse, they show up at the appointed day and hour but quit somewhere between the first break and lunch.
Holy cow! How did we get here?
The thing is, the answer matters very little to a hiring manager, or mom and pop store owners who desperately need help. The bigger question is, how do we make decent hires?
It begins by making a few changes in the hiring process.
Let’s start with the goal. As soon as you are aware of a need to hire, your first goal is NOT to make that hire. Yes, I know how that sounds. But we shortcut the entire process when all we are trying to do is fill a spot. And while I get the whole thing about not being able to survive short-staffed and such, we are creating a never-ending cycle when we grab warm bodies.
Instead, your first goal is to gather candidates.
Look at it like fishing. If you are going to grill out tonight and your goal is to have the absolute perfect fish filet to dine on, you don’t cast your line and toss the first fish you catch on the barbie. It’s much better to catch a lot and then see which one is the best.
Do the same with candidates. And you can do this by looking for who is NOT the right fit. Who, for example, is a job jumper and doesn’t stay in one job very long? Why do you think they will treat you differently? Look for mistakes on their resume. If they are sloppy with the most important piece of information they have, why would they be more careful working for you?
Figure out what the job requires in terms of skillsets, personality and such and weed out the applicants who are not good fits.
Now, to be fair, a few years ago this was much easier than it is today. Sometimes, because there aren’t very many applicants you settle for the warm body. That’s a shame, but it’s also a reality. The bottom line is that all the above may not work in today’s world and sometimes you just have to take what you can. But if you at least begin with the goal of weeding out people you know aren’t the right fit, it just might save you having to do it all over again sooner rather than later.

Next week: Interviews are not all the same

Business Playbook is written by Tim Timmons. Timmons’ book, Coaching Success: Creating Champions for the Business World is available at www.tim-timmons.com.