Find Out Everything You Need To Know About An Applicant In A Single Step

Applicant ScreeningWe all know how tedious the hiring process is. We all know just how important it is as well.

Hiring the wrong applicant could put you into serious trouble because your company’s productivity and ultimately its reputation would go down. Surveys have revealed that many SMEs have seen downfalls due to this very reason. Why some companies hiring sooner than they should, others hire in haste. Many others hire after taking a lot of precaution but they forget to do their homework. Their hiring process is extremely stringent but more often than not fails to reveal what the candidate is actually capable of and whether he is the right fit for the company. Such mistakes can cost you heavily, which is why we advise that you take sensible steps before you move forward and pitch an offer to a prospective candidate.

You don’t really have to sweat it to find out about the candidate. There is just one thing that you need to do: Test them literally. Ask them to write a page about their thoughts about the company and how each of them plans on contributing to its success. This would be just like a business proposal, revealing a number of things in one go. Keep in mind to not be strict with the deadline. In fact, we suggest that you give them the choice of deciding the deadline. Note down the date or time that he/she decides and simply wait.

This simple test from your side will enable you to weed out candidates who are not fit for your company because through this test you will understand whether the candidate has good writing skills. Is he/she able to convey his/her point through writing? You will also learn whether the candidate thoroughly understands the job description and what he/she is expected to do after joining your business. Capability to follow deadlines, alignment with your business, and ability to comprehend directions and follow them are some of the other aspects that will be clear to you after this small step. As a result you will know clearly whether you should go forward with hiring the particular candidate or whether you should interview someone else.

Taking such measures to polish your hiring process will ensure that you build a team that gels well, is goal oriented, and productive.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Learn everything you need to know about a particular interview candidate by giving him/her a small test. Ask the candidate to write a business proposal for you explaining how he/she will contribute in the growth of the company. This simple step will reveal many aspects of the candidate, enabling you to easily determine whether you should hire.

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