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Are you hiring the right people for your business culture?

We’ve summarised 5 of the ways to make sure your next hire is a perfect fit for the business.

Your people are a vital asset to your business so when you hiring new starters it’s critical that this new employee fits perfectly into your operations, your culture and your core values as a company.

But how do you know if a potential new recruit is a ‘good fit’?

Will they drive your business growth and towards success, or could this new employee become a spanner in the works?

1.First be transparent about your company values.

Your company values are central to your mission as a business. So making sure those values are clearly outlined and shared is essential for hiring the right talent. By clearly defining and sharing these core values, you’ll attract candidates who share your ethics, values and core motivations and making them a great potential fit for your company culture.

To do this

  • Identify your core values and what’s important to you as a business and an owner.

  • Communicate your core values to your employees and all new starters

  • Live into your core values and lead by example. Reflect them in the way you do business and how you treat people

2. Communicate your core values, company mission and culture in your job advert

When you’re hiring, this process isn’t just about you choosing an employee it’s also about a individual choosing your company and understanding what you stand for. Make sure your job advert gives the best possible reflection of what the job involves but also what you’re like working in your workplace. This is a great way to appeal to like-minded people with the best skills.

When advertising and interviewing:

  • Describe your mission and ask candidates if they are on board with this purpose and the company goals

  • Talk about your business culture and ask candidates why this might appeal to them

  • Describe to the individual the most honest and appealing picture of your workplace

3. Ask interview questions that reveal the real candidate

You obviously want to know that a potential candidate has to have the right skills and qualifications as well as knowledge and working experience that’s a given but it’s also it's sensible to ask questions that reveal more about their underlying personal values, work ethic and interpersonal skills. This will help you to assess whether the candidate is a good fit for your company culture.

Here are some examples of interview questions that did a little deeper:

  • What do you look for in an ideal employer? And how important are their core values

  • Tell us about a time your faced conflict in the workplace, and how you resolved it

4. Our culture is front and centre. How do you see yourself fitting into our culture?

How do you see your career evolving as a valued team member in our business? Ask your team for feedback on candidates. You may think a candidate is the bee’s knees, but what do the rest of your team think? Gathering the opinions of your management team and other team members is important as these people will be working directly with this new recruit and they have to get a good vibe from them.

To encourage objective feedback,

  • Give your team members a chance to meet the candidate and take their feedback into account when making a hiring decision.

5. Monitor your new hire and have regular ongoing performance reviews

Once you’ve decided to hire and the new employee joins your team it’s vital to have regular and ongoing informal catch-ups and regular formal performance reviews.

This helps you to measure how your new employee is settling in. It’s also an opportunity to understand whether how they are getting on and support and required to fully integrate them into your organisation.

Be as open and transparent as possible with the new hire:

  • Ask them how they’re feeling about their role, workload and their performance so far

  • Check their progress against set targets and objectives for their first three months

  • Find out if they need help, support, further information or more onboarding support.

  • Check if they feel they are fitting into the team, and if they are feeling happy

  • Look out for potential issues that may be causing conflict in the team.

Having the very best talent in your team is central to achieving your goals for the business.

So, making sure you hire the right people is actually a business-critical decision to make.

Core Values are the essence of a company’s identity; they support the vision and shape the culture of an organisation.  

Differences in values, beliefs and strategies within your business can not only disrupt and destabilise your team and the culture in your business, but can also impact the service you provide to your clients.  

If you don’t have a set of Core Values that define expectations and behaviour, then we recommend you contact us today.

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