Our “Finding Top Talent” series has explored how to attract top talent and encourage them to submit their applications for open positions.
Now we’re going to focus on what to do when your application pile includes several potential superstars.
Here’s how to sort through applicants and make a decision:
1. Consider achievements, not assignments.
Any candidate can list the tasks they were assigned at previous jobs. The best candidates for your short list, however, will be the ones who can tell you how they succeeded at those tasks.
Prioritize candidates whose applications indicate what they achieved at their previous jobs. Quantifiable successes can help you compare candidates and pinpoint those who understand what success looks like and how to measure it.
2. Ask behavioral interview questions.
Behavioral interview questions seek information about how a candidate responded to certain situations in the past. They’re based on the idea that a candidate’s past responses can provide insight into how the candidate is likely to respond in the future.
Frame behavioral interview questions around specific hypotheticals that might arise in the job, like “When have you had to mediate a dispute between co-workers in the past?” A follow-up question like “In hindsight, what might you do differently?” can help you evaluate the candidate’s ability to examine and learn from past experiences.
3. Look for a commitment to growth.
One trait that separates top performers from the rest of the pack is their constant curiosity and dedication to personal and professional growth.
A track record of acquiring new certifications, attending or presenting at seminars or teaching classes in their field can all demonstrate a growth mindset. During an interview, asking candidates how they stay on top of changes in their field can also help hiring managers determine which candidates are the most driven to improve and grow.
4. Get an outside opinion.
Recruiters specialize in knowing their industries and the people within them, giving them a broad base from which to provide context and insight.
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Choosing between outstanding candidates is a good problem to have, but it can be a tough decision as well.
At TERRA Staffing, our recruiters help our clients navigate every stage of hiring, from defining the open position to onboarding your outstanding new hire.
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