It may not seem like an important step, but hiring individuals who share the same core values as your organization is critical to performance and success. Dissatisfaction with a job can have a lot to do with a disconnect between your employees and your company culture. You can mitigate this situation by discussing your corporate values from the very first interview. If you hire individuals who match your values you will have less turnover and more brand advocates. Here are some tips using your company culture to help make better hiring decisions.
- Research. Are your company values something that is easily accessible? Has your organization created a mission statement or other literature that describe your corporate culture? If not, it is time to develop these things to share with the public. Look at competitors’ websites to see how they have shared this information. Look at the results of the “best companies to work for” in your area to see what it is that attracts candidates to their facilities.
- Job descriptions. Each job description should reflect the company’s values. This will be the first marketing material any new candidates see and it is important that they understand who you are as a company. Include your mission in the job description. Emphasize any values that are important to the organization. This may be diversity, teamwork, innovation or anything else that gives your organization its distinct personality.
- Interview strategy. You want each new candidate to really see the environment where they may be working. Don’t sequester them in a sterile conference room. Conduct the interview in a place that reflects your corporate culture. Take them on a tour of the facility and introduce them to people with whom they will be working. Give them a “day in the life” snapshot of what it is like to be a part of your team.
- Get feedback. After you developed these procedures it is important to get feedback to make sure you are communicating the right information to potential candidates. Talk to recent hires to find out what worked and what didn’t so you can make the message better. Talk to candidates who turned the job down and find out why. Use this information to streamline your message.
Do you want to work with a staffing service that shares your company values? Contact the team at StaffEx for more information.