We do not always have the guarantee that we are hiring the right employees. We might have a good impression of a candidate during an interview, only to realize after a few weeks that they were not the right fit. Here are 5 tips that will help you gain better discernment and hire the right candidate.

Write a clear job description

Writing a clear job description increases your chances of attracting the right people. Some companies write detailed descriptions with long lists of responsibilities and requirements, but a study by researchers in the United States and Canada found that this can actually alienate qualified employees, the Wall Street Journal reported. Go straight to the point when writing a job description. Make sure it is not too serious but add a fun twist that will showcase your personality. People like having an idea of who they will work for through the job application process.

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Check social media profiles

Checking your candidate’s social media profile can give you a good idea of their personality and values. This will give you insights on things you cannot notice or verify during a single interview. Check for them on social media and do not be afraid to do a little stalking.

Prepare your interviews

A study by LEADERSHIP IQ found that failures exhibited by new employees may result from flawed interview processes. 82% of the 5,000 managers surveyed reported that the interviewers were too focused on other issues, too pressed for time or lacked confidence in their interviewing abilities to pay attention to red flags candidates exhibited during the interview process. Take the time to prepare your questions based on what will be expected from the employee. Also list some red flags that you will need to pay attention too. Make sure you have this list in front of you during the interview. Do not schedule an interview between two important meetings. Make sure you have an extra hour before to get ready and review your questions and an extra hour after in case the interview lasts longer than what you had expected.

Let the candidate interview you

When candidates have a chance to ask questions, it is easier to get a clear idea of what they are expecting. It will give candidates a chance to determine that they want to keep pursuing a job at your company, or to decide that it’s not the right fit for them.

Pay attention to go-getters

Pay attention to people who go out of their way to get the job. These people will try to meet with you in order to simply make eye contact and talk. These are the people who might not have much experience but who will make sure you realize that they will do whatever is in their power to learn the skills they need to learn for the job. Do not ignore these kind of people. They end up making wonderful employees.

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