Hiring and training a first-time manager can be tricky. Get it wrong, and it could cost your company that person’s salary, as well as lower staff morale and decrease productivity. Angela Lurie, regional vice president in Minneapolis, gives the following tips to help you get it right the first time.
Look internally. As you seek applicants, remember to let your current staff know of the open position. Hiring from within includes several benefits, including the fact that the person already knows the company culture and team and the ins and outs of the organization. Promoting from within also helps retain good employees as it keeps high-preforming team members satisfied with their jobs and shows other staff that there’s upward mobility.
Look outward. External candidates also bring a lot to the table. A new manager brings with him or her new ideas and insights that can breathe life into outdated or inefficient processes. Changing your departments work flow could inspire existing staff to adopt new approaches and problem solving.
Be willing to bend. Instead of banking on the “perfect candidate,” look for a balance of required and preferred qualifications. Technical skills can be taught, but don't shortchange interpersonal skills that are hard to teach, such as leadership, initiative, flexibility, communication and collaboration. Look for a solid history of on-the-job learning.
Offer a competitive salary and incentives. Hiring for key positions can be challenging. To attract and land a new manager with in-demand specialties, offer above-average wages and desirable perks. Our 2015 Salary Guide provides a breakdown of hundreds of starting salaries for finance and accounting professionals at varying experience levels and company sizes.
Don’t cut corners. While you want to move quickly to secure your to pick, don’t skip on important steps of the hiring process like checking references. Speak with past employers and colleagues and inquire with them if that person will be a good fit.
Try the contract-to-hire model. Interim workers are not just for entry level positions. A staffing agency specializing in placing senior-level candidates can offer you experienced professionals for projects that are critical but not ongoing. Bringing in an interim new manager also allows a company to try someone out before extending the candidate the offer of long-term employment.
Call Angela and her team today at 1-855-757-5649.