HR Specialist

The 7 Bases to Cover When Hiring New People

In Human Resources on September 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

On our ‘Tips for Hiring’ website we ask subscribers “What is the most burning question you have When Hiring New Employees?”

1. Do they have the technical knowledge to perform this job?

In other words, what have they learnt to ensure they CAN do the job?
This can usually be explained by specific requirements like trade certificates, degrees, special licences etc. Look for evidence that the knowledge claimed or gained has a verifiable source.

2. Have they applied this knowledge to the “real” world and developed a skills base?

It’s all very well having new found knowledge, but unless they have put this into practice on a regular basis they will lack the practical experience to skilfully perform the specific job tasks.

3. How long have they been developing their skills? What is their experience?
It goes without saying that the more time a person does something the better they will get at it. Michael Gladwell, social psychologist, in his book “Outliers” states it take 10 years for a person to become an expert at a particular task or subject. You need to determine the level of skill you require.

4. Do they have the right personality/attitudes for this role?

This refers to the individual’s innate abilities. If this person does not have the personality attributes to match the job, no amount of training/coaching will make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear – in other words, if this is a sales role and the candidate has no resiliency, optimism, assertiveness, ego drive etc, they will never be good sales performers, or indeed, want to be!   

5. Are they motivated? Will this job offer enough internal motivation for continued good performance?

What lights them up? This is closely aligned to 4. If the job allows them to use and exhibit their natural innate abilities they will enjoy the job more and perform better. So it important to understand these and do these align to your job role?

6. What is their level of mental ability? Does it match this role?

This is about basic intelligence, in other words, are they good problem solvers? If you show them something new, do the pick it up quickly or stand there looking at you like a deer in the headlights? What is their learning style – are they good at learning by themselves (say, from a manual, personal discovery), or are they more in-tune with “show and tell” learning?

7. What are their values? Do these values match that of the organisation?

Values drive attitudes and attitudes are reflected in one’s behaviour.
Usually measures of attitude are more integrity based – will they show up for work on time, are they honest, will they be volcanic, what’s their attitude to drugs and alcohol etc? All of these can be measured and important to understand in any job applicant.

  1. Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

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