Three Things To Look For When It Comes To Staffing Needs Do you have a sneaking suspicion that the employee or candidate you’re looking for isn’t looking for you? Have you ever worried that your immediate staffing needs may be too much to handle by yourself? Sometimes, there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything, and the stress may start to build, causing you to worry about your capacity. It could be that you’re trying to find the wrong kind of candidates. This is where a staffing agency may be useful to your organization. They can step in and alleviate the burden of finding qualified candidates for different positions, which allows you to get your work done with less stress. When choosing a staffing company, make sure they know how to conduct the following three types of evaluations. 1. In-Depth Candidate Evaluations A competent staffing company should conduct the following types of evaluations when assessing candidates: Evaluation testing. Face-to-face or in-depth telephone interview. Criminal background check. Two employment reference checks. Social Security Verification using E-Verify. After it’s determined that the candidates possess the knowledge, skills, experience, and attitude, they are submitted for review to the client, which is you. 2. Conduct Skill Evaluations A good staffing company will also evaluate the technical skills of potential by using different programs, such as Prove It!® by Kenexa®. This kind of software gives staffing companies the power to identify and select the most talented candidates and employees. It also can perform assessments, which ranks candidates as a percentage against a global average and also can discern whether the potential employee has basic, intermediate, or advanced level skills. 3. Behavioral Evaluations Evaluating for skills and interviewing are two essential parts of recruiting, but there is another that is necessary for a complete understanding of candidates: behavioral evaluations. One of the most widely used and respected behavioral assessment evaluations is from Innermetrix. They use a combination of three assessment tools that goes beyond traditional evaluations and provides insight on: What natural talents does he/she have? Why he/she is motivated to use them? How does he/she prefer to use them? The 70-page evaluation offers insight on how your prospective candidates are wired and can be a great management tool after you hire the candidates. These evaluations are important to look for and ask about when considering a staffing company or trying to boost your organization’s recruiting strategies. While these evaluations aren’t deal breakers if a staffing company doesn’t practice them, they can be helpful benchmarks and tools for your organization to invest in. Does your organization need to consider these evaluations and possibly a staffing company for its hiring needs? Kristin Lowe Kristin Lowe is a direct hire recruiter for Aureon Staffing, specializing in placing only the top 20 percent of high performing Human Resource, Sales, Accounting and Finance, and Executive Administration professionals with some of the most successful companies in central Iowa.