Great teams get things done better and more efficiently, which leads to a more successful business. Every business owner should strive to hire a great team because it is really hard to succeed without one. In order to hire a great team, recruiters need to think beyond hiring the best individual people. A great team has people with different strengths who work well together to achieve a common goal.
5 Tips for Hiring a Great Team
- Recruit people with a variety of positive characteristics and skills
Great teams are made up of people who work well together because they have a variety of great personal characteristics and skills. For example, leaders fit well with people who prefer to take direction and people with great analytical skills may benefit from interacting with co-workers who have creative vision. Here are a range of skills to look for when hiring a team:
- Interpersonal/customer service
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Time management/organization
- Public speaking/presentation
2. Recruit people who get along
Believe it or not, studies have shown that one of the best predictors of productivity was a team’s energy and engagement outside of formal meetings. When a group of people gets along socially and shares a common sense of humor, they will be more willing to interact and engage with each other to get the work done.
3. Recruit people who fit in with the company culture
When businesses hire based on cultural fit, they are more likely to build a team of people who are on the same page. Look for workers whose beliefs and behaviors line up with your business’ core values and company culture.
4. Let the team have a say
If you are hiring for a position that you know will be interacting heavily within a team of people, let the team have a say in who is hired. One way to do this is to include a couple of team leaders in the interview process to get their feedback on whether they would fit in well with the team. If the team leaders express concern that the applicant isn’t a good fit, listen to them.
5. Be patient
An open position can create a lot of stress and extra work but hiring someone who doesn’t fit with your team will only add to the problem in the long run. Be patient and wait to hire the right person because they will be much more likely to stick around for the long term.
Having a great team is really important for businesses. It can make the difference between success and failure for many reasons, including higher productivity and increased employee satisfaction. We hope you will be able to use these tips as part of your recruiting strategy.
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