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5 Tips for Improving Hiring Before Summer Time Seasonal Hiring Begins

February 26th, 2019

Spring is around the corner and it’s a great time to take stock of how you recruit and hire. When you do, you’ll not only be able to make seasonal staffing more effective, but attract those applicants who are higher quality, too. Here are 5 easy tips from Provisional,  one of the top temporary staffing firms in the Northwest, to help you get started:

#1: Evaluate your job postings.

If you post the same temporary jobs every year, you might simply make a few updates to the descriptions before you advertise them. But this year, take some time to really read through what each says and make any refinements or changes that will enhance clarity and make your openings more attractive.

#2: Create a standard process for interviews.

When it comes to seasonal hiring, it’s tempting to speed up the process with fast interviews and offers. However, you should have a standard interview format in place that’s the same for each applicant. You’ll be able to evaluate them individually in a more efficient way, as well as compare them so you can more easily identify the right-fit people for your team. Even better, you can create and use a hiring score card to ensure those you hire check all the boxes in areas such experience, skills, education and certifications.

#3: Look for technical skills and cultural fit.

While it’s important that those you hire have the technical skills you need, personality is critical to assess, as well. After all, these workers will be interacting with your other employees, as well as customers. If they’re not a good match for your culture, it can have a big impact on how well they’re able to do their job, the impression they make on your customers, and the overall morale of your team.

#4: Check references.

Verifying references will take some time. But you’ll be glad you did it when you can hire with confidence and peace of mind. So make sure you check references for each applicant before you make an offer. It’s well worth it in the end in the form of seasonal workers who perform better on the job.

#5: Make sure you’re training.

Once you’ve identified temporary workers to hire, don’t skip out on training. Even if it’s an abbreviated version of what you offer full-time employees, training offers loads of benefits. Not only will your seasonal employees become productive faster, but it also reduces the risk of expensive mistakes.

Need help hiring this spring or in the summer-time?

Now’s the time to be gearing up for seasonal hiring. If you need help, call Provisional. As one of the top temporary staffing firms in the Northwest, we can give you access to the short-term or project-based people you need across a variety of fields. Contact us today to get started.

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