Businesses grow and thrive because of the teams working towards success. From management to customer service, any organization would benefit from having the best employees available. Below are three smart ways to recruit top talent to keep your business going strong.
1. Discover top talent early
Although there are outstanding job candidates out there, companies can also gain their top talent by selecting high potential employees then training them to fill a key role in the organization. By hiring for company fit and then training for technical skills, you can build a qualified team with aligning beliefs and behaviors.
Offer internships and recruit from college campuses to find the best high potential candidates. Offer internships to both students and professionals who want to learn more about your company, a certain industry, or just how business works in general. It doesn’t matter whether your interns are fresh out of college or preparing for their second careers. Internships can help you discover your high potential employees before they become top talent.
2. Leverage your network
Use your network to recruit top talent. Find candidates from both personal and professional networks, such as industry contacts, association memberships, social media and trade groups. This can be a proactive or reactive strategy. Reach out to interested candidates in your network when trying to fill a specific position, offer details and get some feedback on how well they would fit. You can also reach out to someone who has impressed you, whom you want to bring on board even without any open positions. Use your network to meet your future top employees and win them to your organization.
3. Start an employee referral program
One of the best ways to find qualified candidates are through current employees. Your employees understand the company culture and could gauge how well a job candidate (whom your employee knows personally) would fit into the company and position.
An employee referral program could offer rewards as incentive to bring in top talent to the company. For example, the employee who referred a job candidate could get a bonus when that candidate is hired, and then another when the candidate has worked with the company for one full year.