How to Start the Hiring Process Before You Needed Someone Yesterday

When you need someone to do a job, you need them to do it well. And that means letting them hit the ground running after they’ve been trained. Yet companies don’t always empower new hires to start off on the right foot. Here’s how to do it (hint: ingredients include an NYC recruiting firm).

Sketch Out the Future Role

One of the secrets to good hiring is to get people before you need them. Not years in advance, of course, but maybe a few months.

Jobs perform specific functions to achieve specific goals in every business, and yours is no different. Figure out exactly what the new role needs to accomplish in the short, medium, and long term. Then figure out what tasks the person will perform in the new role.

You might not know exactly what that looks like yet. You might even feel you don’t have time to put it all together-you’re hiring someone else to do this because you don’t have the time or expertise, after all. We’ve been there too.

But without a clear direction for the new employee to execute on a daily basis, the whole thing’s going to flop. Consult with people in your network who have gone through this growing pain before, or hire an actual consultant.

You can even ask your NYC recruiter about his or her knowledge about the kind of role you’re seeking. Figuring out what you’re really after now will keep your recruitment efforts lean and focused.

Keep Your Recruiter in the Loop

You need someone keeping tabs on talented people out there, while focusing on your own full-time job.

Instead of trying to build up a network from scratch to get the gears turning (and they take a long time to turn), make the lateral move to a recruiter. Why? Recruiters have huge networks, not to mention the proper funnels in place to bring new talent into your orbit. New York is a big city, so you’ll need one to find the best talent out there.

Then work with that recruiter to keep them informed of what’s going on with your business and what you’ll need in the future. Some of the best hires come from long-term relationships, and you can capitalize on that tactic by bringing in a recruiter on your plans.

You don’t even need to have a formal job posting up at that point. Let the recruiter do the heavy lifting by finding the right talent. The deeper their understanding, the better candidates they’ll turn up for you.

Hold Working Sessions

New people coming aboard needs to understand exactly what they’ve signed up for. That’s crucial to keep momentum and make the role a success.

To that end, you need to get them familiar with the place before they join. You might not have the budget to hire them full-time three months before they really start working on their main project, though.

That’s a normal hurdle, and there’s a great way around it.

When you don’t have the money to overlap employees or hire them early for training purposes, you need to bring them in for some working sessions before they begin. This will look a lot like a consulting session mixed with employee training.

  • They’ll learn all about your goals before they learn about their “tasks”
  • You’ll explain your vision to them, and how you think you’ll accomplish it together
  • The new employee will build on what you’ve sketched out with his or her own insights
  • From there you can dive into specific skills, tasks, technologies, and timelines

First and foremost, they’ll understand what they need to do before the 11th hour. Second, they’ll become invested in the company and its projects because they will already have contributed ideas toward it upon starting. You get two benefits for the price of one.

At the end of it, you’ll realize that you had some misconceptions here and there, some KPIs you hadn’t considered before, and so on. And the new employee will understand what’s expected on just about every level, warming up to hit the ground running when they start.

That’s our process for getting the best talent. Facing the same challenge? Give your NYC recruiter a call to get the ball rolling.

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