The key to hiring great talent is to cultivate a company culture that makes your company a place where talented people want to work. Offering a great salary and generous benefits is all well and good. However, talented people are that way partly because they love the work they do. They also know, being talented, that they are in demand. Hence they will be attracted to companies that cultivate this and empowers them to accomplish great things.
The first way to make your company a desirable place for talented people to work is to always give your employees respect. That also means setting high, but achievable expectations. Follow that example yourself and your employees will follow suit.
The next way to attract and hire talent is to always place your best employees in positions of power and influence. This gives a signal to talented people that they will be able to grow in your company if they perform up to and beyond expectations. The sort of people you want to work with will consider this a challenge and will strive to achieve.
Finally, you need to be heavily engaged in the hiring process. Many managers tend to slough off the drudgery of selecting and interviewing applicants to someone else, such as the human resources department. The person applying for the job will be working with you, so you need to be involved in every stage of the hiring process. You will be able to access the applicant’s skill set, intelligence and emotional intelligence in order to determine whether that person is the best fit for the position.
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