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How to hire – 10 tips to hire right

Getting the right person in the right job is a monumental task for HR professionals in government. And in these tight economic times getting the hiring right on the first try is imperative.

So how do you hire effectively quickly?

Tim McManus is the Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that especially in the tight budget times call for a change in how you hire.

“There is still some active recruitment going on at some agencies, but as the budget scenarios get a little more nailed down, you will see some hiring taking place. Even in the context of internships. Agencies don’t just want massive quantities of interns, you want to hire interns that will really look to have a career in government,” said McManus.

10 tips to hire the right person:

  • What you need the new hire to do right now.
  • Don’t just replace the person that has left. Create a new job description based on the work that needs to be accomplished.
  • Look for the skill set.
  • Don’t tap the number of applicants.
  • Managers should set the requirements not the HR professionals.
  • Talk to people who have a similar job now, to help set expectations for the new hire
  • Change the assessment process to make sure we are actually looking at the right things
  • Dispel myths – the government is hiring
  • Do workplace hiring
  • Look at training, that will help the new hire down the road

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