4 Ways to Include Your Tribe in the Hiring Process

4 Ways to Include Your Tribe in the Hiring Process
From Recruiter - December 9, 2016

Recruiters and HR managers have the important job of building and maintaining well-oiled company cultures. As your organization grows, youll need to add new members who will complement the vibe of your tribe. I know this can seem overwhelming. Luckily, you wont have to carry the responsibility alone. Your tribe canbe your greatest hiring asset.

In my career, Ive learned that the key to successful hiring is finding people who will fit into the company culture. Hiring for culture fit will lead to a cohesive, well-functioning tribe working hard toward a common goal, so its important to involve your existing tribe members when its time to hire. Bringing your tribe into the hiring process isnt just about helping you shoulder the load; their participation can help reduce employee turnover and ensure that new hires hit the ground running.

It makes sense if you think about it: The members of your existing tribe are experts in your company culture, values, and vision. They are authorities on what it is like to work for your organization and what it takes to succeed.

Here are four ways your tribe can help during the hiring process:

1. Writing a Culture-Fit Job Description

Bring in a few key players from your existing tribe to craft a job description that will attract the ideal candidate. Remember to keep it positive and make sure it describes your company accurately and incorporates your core values. Heres an example:

Are you the type of person who wants to work in a high functioning, fun, successful office? Are you a high-energy, trustworthy individual who always has your customers and coworkers best interests at heart? Will you go the extra mile for your team and clients? Do you work hard and play even harder, staying positive in all situations? Are you open to new ideas? Do you love to learn? If this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

When you enlist your tribes help in writing the job description, you improve the odds that applicants will be a great fit with your existing team. This is your opportunity to attract the right people for your culture and repel those who are not a good fit.

Including your tribe in the hiring process will also let them know their opinion is valuable. Developing this trust will go a long way.

2. Conducting a Team Interview

Even a great manager who fully understands company policies and culture can only give a preview of your tribe in a traditional one-on-one, closed-door interview. Instead of going that route, consider setting up a group interview that includes key team members. That way, the tribe gets a chance to weigh in, and applicants get a more complete picture of their prospective workplace.


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