CEDIA View: Four Steps for Hiring the Best Employees
Whether due to growing business or replacing departing employees, at some point you will need to hire new workers. How do you know what to look for?
There are several ways to do a better job of hiring, and all of them involve giving the applicant a chance to reveal his or her real personality.
An employee is going to be around for a long time, and even small companies have to worry about company culture. You will want to know if your employee will be a good fit for the team.
Here are some tips.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Before you can hire someone, you need to find applicants. The first step is to find job boards where the kind of employee you want can be found. One example is posting your job openings with CEDIA’s Career Center (www.cedia.net/connect/career-
The next step is to think of what to write for your job description; read our tips at bit.ly/1Eo5x5X. When posting your job description, specifically ask for applicants who have obtained some level of certification. Entry-level credentials to mention include the ESPA Certified EST or CEDIA’s Gateway Certification. When screening applicants, look for candidates who have taken the time to get certified. If it turns out the best fit for the job is someone who has not been certified, encourage them to pursue certification once they’ve joined your workforce.
You might consider giving your interviewee a challenging interview. Ask them about their past performance. Ask them how they would handle certain situations. Present them with a challenge related to the position they’re interviewing for, and see how they solve it. Prepare some relevant behavioral interview questions (see abt.cm/1bJdZxN for more info) to get an understanding of what kind of challenges they’ve had in the past, and how they’ve resolved them. You can even consider conducting any one of a number of personality tests designed for this purpose, which will help you understand how the candidate will respond to the demands of the job.