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Recruiting Stellar Employees

Recruiting Stellar Employees

Happy New Year!  Pacific Crest Group wishes you and your family a wonderful and prosperous New Year.

Since the success of your company depends on your employees, get your New Year off to a great start by hiring the best possible employees you can get.  The three most important pieces of your hiring process are knowing the skills required for the job, testing for these skills and involving the right people to make the best decision possible the first time.

Know the Skills Required for the Job

What are the top four skills a person must have to succeed in this position? Describe the education, experience, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors a candidate must exhibit to thrive in the job.  Talk to people who have excelled in this position in the past.  Interview the people they came in contact with such as their supervisors, customers, vendors and peers to find out why they were successful.  What did they do or not do that set them apart from everyone else?

Skills Testing

Test the people you are about to hire to make sure they have all the skills needed for the position.  The tests can be written, role playing or “hands-on” projects.  If the job requires selling, take them on a sales call and watch them sell.  If administrative tasks are required, have them do some projects for you.  The tests do not have to be complex.  They just need to prove the person you want to hire has the necessary skills and attitude required to be outstanding in the position over the long-term.

Involve the Right People

Make sure candidates have an opportunity to talk with the people they will be interacting with on a consistent basis as much as possible.  This will give you several different perspectives of the candidate.  How they relate with these people can be a great indicator of future performance. 

Following proper hiring processes and systems are critical to making the right hiring decision.  Rushing your decision can be a recipe for disaster.  See Pacific Crest Group’s (PCG) recommended hiring practices in “A Guide to Attracting and Retaining Top Employees.”  It provides resources for instituting an employee development system, aligning goals and creating improvement plans.

Special Event: PCG is a founding member of the Marin Business Forum. Our next meeting is Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5 PM to 7 PM located at Wood Island, 80 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Larkspur.  Wood Island is located before the Larkspur Ferry Building parking lot.  Dr. Robert Eyler, Chief Economist with the Marin Economic Forum, will provide a brief overview of the global, national, regional, state and local economies as 2016 unfolds. Please go to the Events page to register for this event.

Pacific Crest Group (PCG) provides professional services that keep your business focused on your critical objectives.  We provide strategic Accounting and Human Resource (HR) services created specifically to help you meet your goals. Through exemplary customer service, clearly defined policies and procedures as well as a forward looking perspective, we provide the outsourced solutions that your business needs to grow. A PCG professional is happy to meet with you to discuss solutions for your unique requirements designed to maximize all of your business opportunities.

About PCG Accounting Services:
Pacific Crest Group helps small and mid-sized businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area change their bookkeeping and accounting from a hassle to a strategic resource. We bridge the gap between your books and your business, so that you can intelligently manage your company.

Learn more about our accounting services!

About PCG HR Services:
We’re the most trusted company when it comes to outsourcing your HR functions. Whether it’s creating onboarding materials and employee development programs, or dealing with toxic employees, we ensure that your business is set up for short and long-term growth.

Learn more about our HR services!

If you have any questions about how Pacific Crest Group can help make 2015 a success for your business, drop us a line or call us at 415-461-2586!

Until next month, we wish you the very best and much success in your business.

Note that Pacific Crest Group offers employee developmenthuman resourcesrecruiting servicesaccounting andstrategic planning services



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