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As the world of work is changing — constantly reorganizing, fragmenting, and requiring market reconceptualization – you’ve got to ask the right interview questions as well as internal questions to see if the candidate has the attributes you need to grow your business and adapt to constant change. Is the candidate sitting in front of you right for this job? How do you know when market conditions are so volatile, it’s hard to predict all the qualifications and attributes you’re going to need six months or one year down the road?

Here are few tricks you can use as a recruiter to make better choices at picking the right people for the job:

Questions to ask yourself before hiring:

  • Can the candidate do the job?
  • Are they motivated to do the job? Are they voraciously curious?
  • Is the candidate interested in learning new skills? Is the candidate highly adaptive?
  • Is the candidate coachable? Can they admit to mistakes?
  • Are they a fit for your team culture? Are they team players?

Always focus on few principles that can help you find the person that fits the team:

1. Be creative. Every candidate will be prepared for commonplace interview questions. Find new ways to truly understand how a person thinks.

2. Be challenging. Put the candidate in situations where they are more likely to show their true selves.

3. Allow your employees to help. You are not the only person who is going to have to work with this candidate. There is likely already a team of employees you trust that will have to interact with him or her every day. Their opinion should matter.

These recruitment tactics will not just help you to hire the best candidate, but the best candidate that is the most likely to stay with you for the long-haul. And don’t be worried about putting candidates off: If the role isn’t the right fit, you want them to decide now, not in three months’ time. Make sure you look beyond the skills and how candidates look on paper. The best candidate should have the most necessary skills but also have the potential to grow and be a culture fit for your team. The key to hiring the right candidate– meaning hiring smarter– starts with knowing what you want as an employer. If you begin there and assess your candidates based on those specific qualities the potential for great, productive, and lasting employees will be even higher.