It’s no secret that a business’ most important resource is its people. Well, at least it should be. Labour hire, though, takes time and a professional approach to ensure a candidate is a good fit. There's far more involved than throwing together a bunch of people and hoping for the best. So here are our five tips for hiring the best skilled labour.
The costs of poor labour hire
There is a cost involved in hiring skilled labour: advertising and time required to sort CVs and conduct interviews, for example. However, your costs can ‘snowball' if you employ the wrong people.
These include the following:
- Turnover costs: Guess what? After spending time and money to hire a recruit, you’ve got to do it all over again if they don’t work out.
- Damage to your teamand customers: Though usually unquantifiable, the damage a ‘bad egg’ can do to your business can be massive regarding low morale among your team, resignations (more turnover) and lost customers.
- Wasted time: Instead of developing your existing (good) staff, you end up micromanaging, disciplining, listening to complaints from staff and getting sucked into the disciplinary process. Who needs that?
Of course, the trick is to hire the right person the first time around. So, here are our five tips on how to hire the best skilled labour.
1: Have a clear job description
“If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it,” as the saying sort of goes. Make sure you have clear job descriptions for every position in your business that describe duties, expectations and opportunities. As your business grows and changes over time, keep them updated.
2: Learn interviewing skills
There is an art to interviewing candidates. For a start, you must ask the right questions and extract the right information without giving away clues about what you want to hear. If the candidate struggles to provide the correct answer, you also don’t want to give them an easy ‘out.’ If interviewing isn’t your thing, think about hiring a professional recruiter.
3: Get a reference
It’s surprising how many employers don’t ask for or follow up on references. You may think that a candidate wouldn’t give you a referee who would say unflattering things about them, but that is not always the case. Also, just as you might discover a reason not to hire a candidate, you could also learn about some potential of which you were unaware.
4: Build a wide network
These days, there are many ways to find candidates, including job fairs, local training providers, social media and good-old-fashioned advertising. To generate a decent number of applicants, it pays to use a wide variety of methods.
5: Hiring at the right time
You know, the best time to hire a candidate is when you don’t desperately need one — you can then be more selective. So, always be on the lookout for good people. If your business is seasonal, you will have a more substantial number of candidates to choose from during the offseason.