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Workplace Wednesday: Tips for Hiring Top Talent

Posted Tanys Coughlan Workplace Wednesdays

Tips for Hiring Top Talent

Hiring the right people with the right talent in the right way is extremely important in today’s competitive marketplace. It is one aspect of business that often people think is easier than it is. They think, “I’ll just put an advertisement together and post it somewhere, look at the resumes and call some back, have them in to see if I like them or not.” There are many legal pitfalls to avoid during the hiring process and it is important to make sure that you have a clear vision for what the person that you are hiring will be doing and be able to express this to the candidates. It is also important to make sure that you are getting a clear picture of what their expectations are for the position and of the employer. Many times making sure that the expectations are lay out right at the beginning of an employer/employee relationship will avoid frustration, disengagement and even legal challenges.

Ken Sundheim’s article Five Top Tips for Hiring Top Talent, published in the Globe and Mail on April 9, 2013 listed the following tips for hiring the best.

1. Start to market your company in a better light.
2. Make requirements more flexible
3. Adjust compensation rates and don’t rely on equity
4. Use additional avenues to find employees
5. Confidence when interviewing

For more information on these please see:’s article “Recruitment and Hiring Top-Quality Employees” gives the following 13 tips on recruitment and hiring: (

1. Develop accurate job descriptions.
2. Compile a “success profile.”
3. Draft the ad, describing the position and the key qualifications required.
4. Post the ad in the mediums most likely to reach your potential job candidates.
5. Develop a series of phone-screening questions.
6. Review the resumes you receive and identify your best candidates.
7. Screen candidates by phone.
8. Select candidates for assessment.
9. Assess your potential candidates for their skills and attributes using a proven assessment tool.
10. Schedule and conduct candidate interviews.
11. Select the candidate.
12. Run a background check on the individual to uncover any potential problems not revealed by previous testing and interviews.
13. Make your offer to the candidate.

We hope you find these tips helpful.

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Tanys is a Certified Human Resources professional with 20 years experience in the Home Healthcare Field including 5 years of management experience. She has over 10 years experience as an adult trainer/facilitator and a proven ability to work with staff, management and other stakeholders to sustain and improve key performance indicators. Tanys works diligently with businesses to increase their productivity by putting the human in human resources.

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