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Hiring the Right Employees in a Tough Job Market

With unemployment holding steady and more people searching for work, companies are receiving more resumes than ever - even if they aren't hiring. Those that are looking for new employees often receive hundreds of resumes for just one position, which can be overwhelming and make it even harder to find the right applicant. 

Many businesses have sifted through hundreds of applications, interviewed multiple candidates and completed the hiring process only to find the person they brought onboard wasn't well-suited for the position. While this can be extremely frustrating for managers, coworkers and clients, it can also be detrimental to business finances. Someone with little experience in the field or a poor attitude can waste valuable time, cause loyal customers to turn elsewhere or sour relationships with important company partners. 

Has your business ever hired an employee who turned out to be a bad fit? If so, you know a single poor hire can have a major impact on a company, making it important for businesses to implement strategies that can help them sort through piles of resumes to find the best candidates possible. 

Develop a strong hiring process
Is your company overwhelmed sorting through applications and trying to determine which candidates are best suited for any open positions? The hiring process doesn't need to be so difficult. Businesses that streamline their practices may find they are able to more quickly identify which applicants are - and aren't - a good match. 

Have strict qualifications. Looking for a new employee with a certain skill set and experience? Some companies may find it helpful to create a checklist with specific characteristics or talents an applicant must have to be considered for employment. As resumes are received, they can then compare them to the list and set aside the applications that match company requirements. 

Check up on claims. Neglecting to verify an applicant's claims can cause a company to hire the wrong applicant. Candidates may say they have a certain skill, but these should always be confirmed. Similarly, a company should take the time to contact references, as they can provide valuable insight as to how an applicant may fit into a new company and help - or hinder - their success. 

Take action quickly. Truly qualified and talented candidates could be snatched up by another company quickly, so it's important for businesses in need of a new employee not to let a strong applicant slip through the cracks. If your business has identified someone to interview or offer a position, it's key to get the ball moving quickly, or the individual may no longer be available. 

Work with others. While it may be one individual's job to make a final hiring decision, that doesn't mean he or she can't ask for assistance. Asking other employees and managers what traits they think an ideal candidate would possess can be helpful in narrowing down the list of applicants. If your business is conducting tests to ensure an employee is qualified, ask others what they think of the work completed by the candidate. Consulting coworkers can provide valuable insight and help a company avoid any poor hiring decisions. 

Technology plays a large role
With unemployment hovering near 8 percent and job seekers desperate for employment, companies are getting plenty of resumes these days. Businesses receiving excessive amounts of resumes realize the task of keeping everything organized can be daunting. However, staying on top of all this information is key to helping a firm find the best candidates who can help further growth and profitability. 

Online tools can be effective. Many corporations post their open listings on popular job websites or on their company websites. Depending on the system and how it's managed, these can prove to be an effective tool for businesses searching for the best employees. Yet no firm should completely rely on these options to find the best candidates; plenty of qualified applicants may send their resumes via the mail or be referred by a friend. 

New systems can help identify potential candidates. Some businesses now ask applicants to complete short tests or questionnaires that allow them to better recognize the job seeker's potential - and weed out any poor candidates. Hiring teams can scan through survey results and set aside applications with too many incorrect or undesirable answers. 

Staying organized makes the process easier. Large stacks of resumes are overwhelming for those in charge of hiring. Make the process easier by taking advantage of the latest technological tools. Develop a system that allows you to sort, track and store resumes for future review - this will ensure a company has a handle on which applicants have generated interest and which aren't suited for any open positions. 

Has your business ever hired an employee who wasn't well suited to the job? How does your business find the best candidates?