the right candidate

How Do You Know You Have Chosen the Right Candidate?

the right candidate

There is no definitive test to tell if a hire will work out no matter the length and rigidity of the interview process. When it comes down to it only time will tell. However there are some general indicators that can signify you’ve made the right choice



Showing Commitment

From the beginning of the hiring process candidates should show their enthusiasm by taking your calls, making themselves available for interviews and giving prompt replies to any communication on your part.



Taking Pride in Their Appearance

A candidate that dresses for the job they are applying for shows their interest in the position and the company. By knowing the company culture it shows they have paid attention to the company both from a corporate and media perspective.



Researching the Company Thoroughly

Doing homework before an interview portrays the diligence of a candidate. Speaking with current employees and examining media stories can give valuable insight that can help a candidate decide if they would fit into a company.



Being Early For Interviews and Work

The ability to keep time is a valuable asset for any person. Showing this early on by being early for interviews and the first days of work sets a good track record. Candidates who blame their lateness on public transport and things that could have been avoided through prior organisation should be flagged as this can lead to ongoing problems with time management that trickles into other parts of their roles like project deadlines etc.



Asking Relevant Questions While In Training

There is no such thing as a silly question when someone is in training as long as they are relevant. In order to prepare someone for their position the employee needs to understand the business and their role in it. Showing interest in different areas of the business and asking questions about them shows enthusiasm and a genuine connection with the company.



Volunteering Feedback on Projects without Being Encouraged

Employees who show sincere interest in the outcome of projects will give feedback openly whether for or against it. With this opinion easily gleaned from employees a better understanding of the position of projects can be sought.



Showing Enthusiasm for the Work They Are Doing

Candidates that show enthusiasm and pride in the work they do, are going to do their job properly and to a high standard and these are the people you want to keep in the business. Individuals who show genuine vigour when talking about their previous experience and past roles are great candidates as they enjoy their work and it is a good indicator that they will upskill when possible to feed their knowledge in their industry therefore helping the company keep up to date also.



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Posted by Recruitment Consultant, Sigmar on 7 December 2017

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