When your business is growing at a high rate, your workforce also needs to be increased accordingly to match the increasing workload so that operations continue running smoothly. This turns growth, something that should be exciting, into somewhat of a risk. That’s because recruiting is not easy, more so when you’re pressed for time.
When hiring to keep up with the labour needs of a fast-growing business, there isn’t enough time to agonise over each hire. Hiring poor quality employees, on the other hand, is not acceptable as it could send your thriving business into a nosedive. You, therefore need – even with the limited time – to ensure that every hire is a quality one to guarantee continued growth for your business.
So how do you ensure you hire well when hiring in a rush? The following tips will help you out:
- Define your needs. You need to know exactly what the new role you want to hire for entails and the competencies that are needed to hold it in order to hire quickly and effectively. Focus on these 3 key aspects when creating the job description for the position:
- Defining what the mission of the role will be.
- Identifying the objectives of the role.
- Determining the core skills that will be needed for the role. Paying attention to this aspects will give you a clear picture of the kind of person you’re looking for – which makes the search a lot easier.
- Advertise widely. When you’re strapped for time and need to make a quick hire, having numerous and diverse candidates from which to choose from increases your chances of finding the right fit quickly. To get many applicants for a position, you will need to advertise widely through numerous channels including traditional media (magazines, newspapers and other publications), social media, online job boards, and through your staff so as to attract as many people as possible.
- Don’t compromise on culture and values. Bringing on board someone who’s a bad fit could have worse consequences than leaving the position unfilled. It’s, therefore, crucial that you ensure that you choose a candidate that matches your companies values and culture without compromise. Ask questions that will bring out the candidates character and their values during the interview to assess whether they’ll be a good fit.
- Make your interviews more efficient. Interviews consume a lot of time. You can, however, reduce the amount of time it takes to conduct interviews by conducting group interviews where several candidates are interviewed at the same time. In addition to saving time, group interviews also enable you to compare answers on the spot when you hear how each candidate responds to a certain question.
- Don’t be tempted to cut corners. It might seem like a good idea to cut corners during the screening process in order to bring in a new employee to fill the labour gap; but it isn’t. Ensure that you follow all steps including performing background checks, checking references, and conducting additional interviews if need be to ensure only quality candidates are hired.
Even with limited time, quality should always come before quantity. So make sure that all new roles in your growing business are taken up by the right people to ensure continued long-term growth.