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Finding the perfect candidate for your organization is never an easy task. These days there tend to be hundreds of candidates per job posting, but how do you know you’re choosing the right one? Here at Atlas Consulting, we have prepared some tips on how to hire the best IT candidate for the job.


Really Understand the Job. When hiring, make sure you take time to review the position and post requirements for what you really need. This is essential. Positions often grow and change with time, so take the time to really understand what you are looking for and what your company needs. Be specific in order to draw the attention of the best candidates.


Preparation is Crucial. Make sure to take the time to review potential candidates’ resumes prior to the interview. It’s a good way to gain insight on their background, and when it’s time to interview, you should have questions prepared based on their prior work history. Keep in mind, the best candidates are going to have multiple offers, so it’s up to you to point out the benefits of working at your organization.


Find Someone with Expertise. If you are unsure of any aspect of the position, which is common with tech positions, find the person who knows the ins and outs. This person can be extremely helpful during an interview because they are able determine whether or not the candidate has the right skill set.


Call References. We can’t stress this one enough. So many interviewers do not call references, but if they’re available, utilize them! Ask questions about the candidates work style. For example, “Is the candidate more of an independent worker or does he/she work well with a team?” Avoid generalities when checking references.


Corporate Culture. Corporate culture tends to be a huge part of most companies. When hiring, look for someone who finds themselves aligned with your company’s values and able to mesh with the team. You want the transition to be as seamless as possible.


Don’t sell your company (or department) short during the hiring process. Take time to interview candidates and make an informed decision. Contact us today for more strategies on how to hire the best candidate.

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