Will the Reliable Candidate Please Stand Up?

You want to hire reliable employees. Everyone does. But reliability can’t always be ascertained right away. It takes a track record. The candidate you’re interviewing hasn’t had the chance to build one yet – at least with your company. On top of that, turnover is expensive — so hiring without a good idea of someone’s dependability poses a risk factor.

So, what’s an employer to do? How do you judge someone’s character and know if they are the right fit for your team?

Ask the Right Questions

  • Why do you want to work here? If this job is a placeholder or just a way to pay the bills, you probably can’t count on commitment. Pay attention to his/her answer. Look for excitement and passion in their eyes and body language as he/she answers.
  • What are your long-term career goals? Do his/her goals line up with your vision?
  • What is your ideal work environment? When culture is a match, successful onboarding follows. Ask them about personality strengths, likes and dislikes, and workstyles. Note: Don’t mistake diversity as a non-match.
  • What was your most difficult work-place situation? Listen carefully to his/her answer and read between the lines. Does he/she articulate what happened, appear to have good problem-solving skills, and seem to maneuver the situation with positivity and grace?
  • How do you balance work and home-life? Hey, life happens. But when it pulls on your candidate, how will he/she handle it? Will he/she communicate well with you and their supervisors?

Be on the lookout for clues. Did he/she –

  • Arrive on time?
  • Ask thoughtful questions of you?
  • Look you in the eyes?
  • Appear to be knowledgeable about your company?
  • Blame others for problems at previous jobs?

Contact their references – Too many times, this vital tool is overlooked. Share a brief overview of your company and the roles/responsibilities tied to the position. Ask pertinent questions (skip the ones that only require a yes/no answer). Comparing their answers with the candidates when posing the same question can be extremely enlightening.

  • Do you think “Max” is a good fit for our company and this role?
  • What do you perceive as his strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you consider Max a team player who gets along well with others?

And if you are talking to a former employer, add –

  • Can you describe your work culture? Did Max fit in well with the company?
  • Can you describe a situation where Max was challenged in his work and how he handled it?
  • Were you satisfied with his growth when Max worked for you? Can you expound on this?

Hire a Staffing Agency

Before we even think of sending candidates your way, we screen them thoroughly. It’s our job. Working with us at Hamilton Connections means that you get the best of the best and can rest assured that every candidate sitting in front of you is high caliber in talent and character. Want to get started? Contact us today and let us be your placement specialists!