Why it Pays to Get Creative With Your Hiring Tactics
The job market is tough – but not just for those who are looking for jobs. Employers are sometimes finding that despite lengthy hiring periods, they’re just not finding the candidate they are truly impressed by. For companies that have been struggling with their hiring, it is a good idea to mix things up and try some non-traditional tactics for hiring. Here are a few suggestions:
Four Nontraditional Tactics to Try
- Trial by Rejection. This tactic can help you find out how a potential hire handles criticism and rejection and is especially helpful if you are hiring for a sales position. When you’ve found an applicant you like, tell them that they didn’t get the job. Some employers say that if they fight for the job after you’ve rejected them, it might be worth giving them a shot.
- Look To Your Community. By community, we don’t mean your hometown. Explore the people who use your services or your product. This hiring practice allows you to get to know applicants as product and service users, and helps them to learn more about how your company works.
- Limit New Hires to Part Time, At First. This gives you an opportunity to more accurately assess their skills before you bring them into the company. They’ll meet your team, and work on projects similar to what they’ll work on later, while you get to see how well they fit into your business.
- Bring the Public Into the Hiring Process. Ask the public for referrals. If you’re looking for a wider pool of applicants than you’re getting, consider soliciting referrals from the general public and offering rewards for tips that lead to interviews and new hires.
It’s important to note that nontraditional does not mean unstructured. If you are trying a new hiring approach then you need to be consistent with it and follow the other best practice for structured interviews. You can learn more about the importance of structured interviews in this article.
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