Good employees can be hard to come by, and when you find that perfect candidate you want to make sure they are as happy finding you as you are finding them.
There have been many an interviewer who has experienced their fair share of frustration in trying to achieve a smooth employee onboarding experience once the hiring decision has been made.
After hearing from both employers and candidates alike, we have found that there are a few areas where you would be well served to focus. These simple rules to remember will help you find better success during the onboarding process. They will also help your new employee realize a smoother transition which is a great way to begin their work-life with you.
As an interviewer, it is important that you are fully prepared, with the appropriate time allotted, to be able to focus all of your attention on your interview. The candidate will appreciate your attention as they will find it to be indicative of what they can expect once hired. Your undivided attention will immediately make your candidate feel important, whereas the distracted interviewer can be a detriment to their morale before they even begin working.
A detailed and accurate job description should be given to your candidate right away. Make sure performance expectations are perfectly clear. In order to meet company standards, your new employee needs to really understand what those standards entail. A confused employee is an unproductive employee. Touching on certain aspects of the job description can also make it easier for your candidate to express concerns.
Make your new employee feel welcome in their personal workspace. It can be very disconcerting to the new hire to have to wait for tools and supplies to be delivered to their workstation before they can begin work. Be sure you have created a workplace where it is easy for your new employee to sit down and get started right away.
Make your new employee’s first days more comfortable by introducing them to their fellow workers and showing them around the office before they begin working. If you have an employee handbook, make sure they have a chance to review it and will also have the opportunity to ask questions or express concerns. After a couple of months, a feedback interview can be very helpful in clearing up any misunderstandings or reiterating any expectations for performance.
The employee onboarding experience will pave the way for your future working relationship so try to make it as smooth a process as possible. This will ensure that it will serve everyone’s best interests.