Fine-Tuning Your Hiring Process

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In the world of business, figuring out how to hire the right people can make a huge difference in the amount of success that you can achieve. If you don’t have the right people on board, there’s only so much that you’re going to be able to do. By fine tuning your hiring process, you can more easily weed out the applicants that do not fit what you need, and zero in on the ones who do.

Notice Their Presence

When you are talking to a potential applicant, pay special attention to the presence that they have. While it may not be scientific, you can definitely tell the people just like observing them. Are they confident in their own skin or do they fidget nervously? Do they see to be easy-going or uptight? This should not be enough to hire anyone on, but it is an indicator to pay attention to.

References Aren’t as Important as You Think

On job applications, companies will ask for three references from applicants. They then call these references and ask them about the applicant. In the overwhelming majority of cases, this will not provide you with that valuable of information. Why would the applicant list a reference unless they knew that they would say positive things about them? Almost everyone knows a few people that they can list as references who will say glowing things about them. This doesn’t really tell you much and it can waste your time.

Know How to Handle People

When you are considering hiring someone, think about your management style and how it will mesh with them. Not everyone responds to management styles the same way. Michael Fertik, CEO of, says that “younger people are especially hungry both to learn and to receive affirmation that they are doing a good job.” Older people might be more interested in higher pay and benefits. By keeping factors like this in mind, you can more easily predict if you are going to be a good match for a potential applicant.


Ultimately, there are a lot of different factors that go into whether a hire is a good one or not. If you don’t take the time to consider each person in detail, you might miss out on someone good. At the same time, you want to refine your process so that you can easily eliminate those who will not be a good fit, just by looking at a few characteristics.

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