Making sure that you hire the best person for the job can sometimes be a tricky business, and with more people than ever applying for every job vacancy, knowing how to make sure you are making the right decision is imperative.  Here are some tips that will help:

1. Place an accurate job advertisement.  If you place a generic advert, you will get people with generic experience applying.  This is fine if that is what you want, but if you require specialist experience or qualifications say so clearly and then only call for interview those people who have it.

2. Do background checks and call references.  References are asked for a reason, make use of them, but do not let them be your only source of additional information.  Google and other search engines are ideal places to seek out additional information about future employees.

3. Be clear on the type of person you would like to hire.  Some companies prefer a person who will be happy doing what they are told, while others require someone who prefers to work on their own initiative.  Do you want a strong person or someone who is compliant? Know what you want in advance and then tailor your interview questions around this.

4. Be realistic about what is desirable in an employee and what is essential.  Know the ‘musts’ and differentiate this from the ‘wants.’  While it is rare that you will find an applicant who ticks every box, knowing what is necessary is essential.

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