By: Robert Cordray


No matter how competent the leadership is, the employees are what make up the backbone of a company. That is why it is vital that managers and business owners are able to find the best employees to represent them on a daily basis. However, there are plenty of employees out there that may seem to fit the bill, only to come up short once they get on the job. Here are some tips on how to hire solid employees, so you can assure that your staff is always working hard and striving to provide for the company.

Do They Fit The Bill?

Every employee is going to have certain attributes that they bring to the table. Therefore, you should be looking for employees that fit the description for the type of position you are looking for. As you’ll read later, you shouldn’t be confined by certain parameters on a résumé. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to turn an introvert into sales person of the year, nor will you be able to please an outgoing individual by sticking them behind a computer for eight-hours a day. Instead, you need to find what makes each person motivated and how that will fit into the overall equation that you have as a business. Often times it can be just as important to look at employees personal traits, as it is their personal achievements.

Don’t Be Confined By Your Parameters

If you are looking for a person to fit a specific role, you may automatically throw out any résumés that don’t have the qualifications you are looking for. However, it’s important as a hiring manager that you are able to look outside the box when it comes to finding new talent. Employees can always get training, but having the “it” factor is something that only a few people actually posses. Be sure not to limit your search in employment, by only looking for what you think you need.

Don’t Skip The Resources

If a person really wows you with their résumé and their interview, it may be enough to sway you towards hiring them. However, don’t get caught up in what people say they’ve done, but instead reach out to others to see if they actually do what they say. Even employees with great résumés and speaking skills can be detrimental to a working environment. And you’ll be able to get all of this insight by talking to old employees or coworkers.

What Do They Want To Be Paid?

If you ask an employee what they expect to be paid, of course everyone has expectations that are incredibly high. However, the compensation and sales enablement needs to be adequate to what you value their work at. That being said, if a prospective employee wants an amount that you can’t give, it’s unlikely that they’ll put their entire amount of effort into being the best that they can. That is why it may be worth it to continue looking at applicants, and look for an employee that is looking for less money. In doing so, you can offer them more than what they expect and they’ll know they have to reach for the stars to validate what it is you are paying them.

Team Players

All it takes is one bad apple for the whole bunch to go rotten. Part of your interview process should include plenty of hypothetical questions involving the workplace. Ask them how they would handle certain actions by employees, what they would do in different situations and other questions that you can think of to get an idea of how they would act as a member of a team. If your team is already working effectively, then the last thing you want to do is bring in someone who is going to mess that all up. The personal questions you can ask are limited during the interview process, but you can ask leading questions about hypothetical situations, which will give you a better idea of what type of person this employee would be if you hired them.

There are great employees looking for jobs every day. However, it may take a bit of extra effort to find them. Be sure to consider these tips when looking for the best employees that you want to hire for your job.