5 Real-Life Lessons About Hiring

//5 Real-Life Lessons About Hiring

5 Real-Life Lessons About Hiring

Hiring is one of the most important responsibilities construction leaders have. With the skilled labor crisis in full effect, leaders need to find great construction talent in an increasingly challenging job market. These five lessons about hiring can make all the difference.

1. Plan Ahead

The worst thing you can do is wait until the last minute to start looking for talent to fill a vacant position. The chances of making a good hire greatly decrease when you are desperate. Especially during a labor shortage, you must constantly be searching for and interviewing talent. If you’re always looking for exceptional talent, you’ll be able to make quicker better hires. This is extremely beneficial.

2. Listen

As leaders, you’re used to talking much of the time. That is part of the job. But you also need to take time to stop and listen. This is especially true during interviews. If you spend most of the interview talking, you aren’t going to learn much about the candidate. While part of the function of an interview is to sell your company to the candidate, you must be concise about it. You can’t go into a 15-minute monologue. You want the candidate to feel like they have a voice. The interview should flow like a natural conversation.

3. Express Your Company Culture

During the interview, most managers spend a lot of time discussing the basics, such as job responsibilities, hours, compensation, etc. They often don’t focus enough on company culture. Most candidates are very interested in the values of the company. They also want to have an idea of what the day-to-day experience will be. They want to be able see that their personality and values fit well with the company. Often, company culture will influence the final decision.

4. Be Upfront and Honest

No one likes telling people “no” but is has to be done. This is one of the least fun parts about hiring, so it best to just pull off the band-aid. Think about if from the perspective of the candidate. They will feel bad about failing to land the job, but they will feel even worst if they get their hopes up only to have the rug pulled out from under them. If you know you’re not going to hire a specific candidate, tell them right away and be open about why you decided not to go with them.

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By | 2019-02-18T16:05:02-04:00 February 28th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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