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3 No Brainer Hiring Processes That Need to Be Brainier

August 15, 2018

Try a brainier hiring process if you struggle to hire great people. No brainer hiring processes are the things you’ve done for years that no longer work.

Most of us rush through our hiring process like it’s a no brainer. Merriam-Webster defines “no brainer” as something that requires very little thought. As we leave summer behind and get ready for fall and the holidays, it’s a no brainer for me to come up with some ways to help you with your hiring processes.

Hiring should be a no brainer, so why is it so difficult? Because you are not using your no brainer skills properly.

When you recruit and hire, you do a lot of things without thinking. You do things the same way you have for years. That’s a no brainer. You copy what someone else did. Another no brainer. Yet, you still struggle to hire great team members. Here’s a great example of how no brainers cause trouble.

Imagine reading reference letters about a potential new employee. They’re on company letterhead signed by people with impressive titles. Stories of amazing contributions to the organization wow you. Would you agree that hiring this person is a no brainer? Except, it turns out it’s a huge mistake. Why? Because this person wrote those letters herself! Yes, this actually happened to a client. It’s an example of a classic no brainer hiring process with a high cost.

To avoid no brainer mishaps, here are three hiring processes that appear to be no brainers and yet need more thinking and planning.

Write Compelling Job Ads

Write for real people about what the job is and what it would be like to do that job working for you. Trash the usual boring job ads. Instead, be interesting and creative. A great job posting is one of the best ways to attract the right people. As a bonus, when you write a great job posting, it also reduces the number of unqualified candidates and therefore saves time in the hiring process. Job descriptions are boring, boring, boring! Even worse, most look the same. Catch your ideal employee’s eye. Stand out from the crowd; make them say, “This is a company I need to know more about.”

Ask Insightful Interview™ Questions

Interviews are the most important piece of the hiring process, and yet, are rarely done well. Most of us rely on questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Candidates have researched the “correct” answers and tell us what we want to hear. We believe asking behavioral-based questions like “Tell me about a time when you solved a problem” fixes that issue. Wrong. We’ve given away the answer we want. The candidate will tell us about their one success. But, what about all the times they failed or didn’t try? The solution is using Insightful Interview™ questions that reveal a true picture of your candidate. You can download an example of an Insightful Interview™ question from my website here.

Check References

People may stretch the truth on their resumes. Shocking, isn’t it? HR departments will verify employment dates, titles, and salary, and you must verify that information. Yet, you can and should talk to other references. Examples include someone who worked closely with your candidate, a former supervisor, professors, or others who have direct knowledge of your candidate’s skills and abilities. Use some of your Insightful Interview™ questions when you speak with a candidate’s references. The insights you get from these questions will surprise you.

Congratulations! You are now officially skilled in the art of no brainer hiring processes.

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About the Author

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg

YOLO Insights

Employee Management, Recruiting, Hiring

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg is the founder of YOLO Insights®and author of The YOLO Principle, The Ultimate Hiring Guide for Small Business. Her path to Bombshell Business Woman started 8 years ago when she broke free from corporate with a dream, a cell phone, and a laptop. Rebecca built YOLO Insights®in response to all the frustrated business owners who were wasting time, money, and their sanity hiring the wrong people. She thrives on the hunt for purple unicorns (ideal employees) and watching her clients become more efficient, effective, and profitable when they hire the right employees.

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