When it comes to hiring a new manager for our company or working on a client’s recruitment for a manager, we at Red Seal have a few tried and true steps we perform to get started.
The first thing is that we like to get our list of desired qualities/skills in our future manager down to our top 5.
Sometimes we want 10, or even 15 – we want great expertise, a specific education, knowledge of different software, leadership, and managing a team, all of these things.
It can be tough to find people who possess every single one of the skills your company seeks, however, if you can find someone with a couple of these qualities, along with maybe 1 or 2 other positive skill sets, then you’re well on your way to making a great hire.
So get it down to the 5 preferreds, and out of those you can select 2 or 3 must-haves.
The second thing you want to do is really get that job out to your network.
Pick up the phone and call at least 5 people in your network who you think would know your ideal type of candidate people and explain that you would really love to connect with them; ask if they can share your contact details with anyone they know that may be a good fit.
These referrals are one of the best ways to find qualified talent for your company!
This is also a great way to reconnect with people in your network that you haven’t directly spoken with in some time, and that person may even be interested in making a move themselves!
Either way, networking is certainly the real start of the headhunting process for us – we always make sure that we’re talking to at least 10 closely qualified people within the first two weeks.
Finally, pre-book time in your calendar so that as soon as you find somebody who expresses interest you can pick up the phone and ask if they are available during any of your set times. It is also key to ensure that the other members of your interview team are included in the pre-booked time slots. Not only is your candidate’s time just as valuable as yours, but this also helps your company to stay organized and on-track
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, these three things will get you successfully rolling into hiring the right manager for your company.
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