5 Essential Tips in 5 Minutes on Effective Recruiting

by Damon Elmore


  • Build a job description that you can be proud of.
  • Spend your time here as it will be the base for everything else.
  • Be specific and clear on the essential responsibilities.
  • Be clear, but more general, in skill set and traits you seek.
  • Now, use that job description with performance reviews and promotion.


  • Conduct a phone screen of potential candidates first.
  • An effective conversation can save you valuable time and
  • You will learn who is prepared, wants the job and who sounds
  • Understand, you won’t learn/get everything and follow-up will be key.
  • But, you get a head-start with a carefully crafted script of 5-10 questions.


  • Don’t take the onboarding or interview process for granted.
  • Whether you have conducted 500 interviews before, be prepared.
  • Have a list of core questions and secondary topics.
  • Then, listen, follow-up on answers and be ready to dig deeper.
  • Train managers or other decision makers to do the same.


  • Recruiting is like networking, you are (should be) always doing it.
  • While interviewing, think “Is this candidate better for that position instead?”
  • Is your best candidate already under your nose?
  • Get help – get other members of your staff involved in the process.
  • If you find an amazing candidate but don’t have a current opening – get creative.


  • Ask for a diverse group of references.
  • CHECK, actually check those references.
  • Start with the former employers.
  • CALL.
  • Engage in a conversation by asking “what else…tell me more…give me details.”

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