Hiring for Retention


You’ve heard it before, but it’s always worth restating, because it’s just that important — your employees really are the most important aspect of your company. When hiring new people to join your team, it’s easy to settle for the first seemingly qualified person that submits a resume, but this practice won’t get you very far in the long term.

High rates of turnover leads to chaos. Not only is it expensive to replace an employee, morale and productivity also take a hit every time someone submits a resignation letter. Take the time to hire wisely and you’ll be rewarded with a team of loyal workers.

4 Tips to Hire Long-Term Talent

Tired of constantly filling open positions? Use these four tips to focus on hiring candidates who want to grow their career at your company:

  1. Identify the Type of People You Need: Take inventory of the characteristics exhibited by your most loyal and talented employees. These are the traits you need to look for in all new hires. When you identify what works, you can ensure all successful candidates embody the qualities needed to remain valued members of your team for years to come.
  2. Focus on Attitude, Not Skills: This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s not. Of course you shouldn’t hire anyone who is completely incompetent, but the best person on paper isn’t always the wisest choice. One candidate may not have a resume that’s nearly as impressive as another, but if they have a better attitude, they’re the one you want on your team. Remember, skills can be learned, but personality traits are innate.
  3. Clearly Define Your Company Culture: New hires often fail because they can’t adjust to the company culture at their new place of employment. It can be very difficult for a person to know what it’s like to work for your organization until they’re fully immersed, but do your best to paint a clear picture. Ask behavioral questions during the interview, have them meet with a few members of your team and clearly explain your company culture to offer a well-rounded preview.
  4. Engage Candidates in a Number of Settings: It can be difficult to accurately assess a candidate during an interview in a traditional setting. Get a more widespread feel for their personality by taking them out to lunch, dinner or for a drink at a coffee shop. People typically relax a bit when on neutral ground, allowing their true disposition to shine through. This is another effective way to gauge whether or not the person will fit in at your company.

Searching for candidates who want to be part of your company for the long term? Contact Barrington Staffing. As one of the premier staffing services in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, we recognize that your company has unique individual needs and expectations. The essence of our business philosophy is to provide you with a service that will accommodate the specific needs of your business.

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