Hiring the right employee for the job can be a difficult process for employees. Not only is hiring a bad employee time consuming, but it’s also costly and often takes a toll on the work environment.

However, hiring the right employee can increase work productivity and, in some instances, save you money. Follow our five tips below to find the best candidates for the job.


1. Understand the Job You’re Hiring For


Before you start the interviewing process, it’s important to get a better understand of what kind of job you’re hiring for first. This includes performing a job analysis of what kind of skills, duties, and responsibilities the job requires a candidate to have. However, this information can help you make a smarter decision and pick a candidate who’s more up to the task. For example, if you are handling information technology staffing, you will need to learn about what the job requires and what skills are typically needed.

Set up a meeting with the hiring manager and go over the job analysis and guidelines of what kind of person you’d like to get hired. With that information in hand, your hiring team can decide on the best candidate for the new position.


2. Use a Hiring Checklist


Take advantage of a hiring checklist that can help you choose the best employee for the job. Use your job description to create your checklist. Make a list of all your desired characteristics, skills, and experiences and refer to this list during the interview. Plus, with your checklist, you can record all the candidates you’ve interviewed to track which one outperforms the rest.


3. Ask the Right Interview Questions


The job interview itself is the most important step in the hiring process that requires a great deal of time and effort. This is why it’s so important to ask the right questions to your candidates in the interview. From their past experience to skillset, there’s no limit to what you can ask that will determine their role in the company.


4. Begin Recruiting Before You Have an Opening


It is smart to begin building relationships with potential job candidates even before you have job openings. This way, when you do have an opening, you will already have a large pool of candidates to recruit from. You can get a jump on the hiring process by doing this. Additionally, the more qualified candidates you have at your fingertips, the easier it will be to find the absolute best person for the job. You can fill in openings much faster and with the highest quality people. Remember, don’t ignore the people who already work in your company. Sometimes your best candidate pool is your current workforce. So, don’t ignore hiring from within.


5. Carefully Look Over Applications


Every application you receive should be reviewed with a very careful eye. Look over cover letters, resumes, applications, and references. Begin the review process by referring back to your job description. Compare all the application materials to your bullet list of desired characteristics. This all goes back to your original job description. The more specific you were when writing your job description, the easier this will be. The ideal candidate will have the largest number of characteristics, skills, qualifications, and experiences in common with your list. This way, you can locate the best candidate possible.


If you’re hiring a new candidate, or a few new candidates, following the tips we mentioned above will help you hire the right employee. By creating a detailed description, starting early, and reviewing each applicant carefully, you can quickly and easily find the perfect candidate for your company.


 Author Bio:  Jeremy is a tech and business writer from Simi Valley, CA. He’s worked for Adobe, Google, and himself. He lives for success stories, and hopes to be one someday.