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Finding Your Perfect Employee 

Your time is precious, and the less time you spend hunting down the right person for your open position the better. Gone are the days when you need to interview someone two or three times to determine if they are a good fit for your business. Use these tips from founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork, Sandra Yancey, to optimize your interview questions and help narrow down the best candidates faster.


1.Determine Desirable Traits

What kind of skills does this job require? Determine the unique qualities you want the person who fills this role to possess. Sandra lists her top three desirable traits in an employee as someone who takes initiative, has high attention to detail, and takes responsibility. Narrowing down your top three to five characteristics will help you form a mental checklist to reference during your interview.

2. Build Your Questions

Now that you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s time to craft your interview questions around those traits. If you’re looking for someone who takes initiative, ask them to tell you about a time when they took initiative at a previous job. Be sure to get details about what they did, how they did it, and what the results were.

3.Don't Settle

Don’t feel pressured to hire a candidate who isn’t a perfect fit. We’re all human, but it’s not too much to ask for someone to demonstrate and reflect the core values of your business. Save your time and resources by hiring the right person the first time, even if it takes a little bit longer than you expect. 

Author, Hannah Geiser
eWomenNetwork Staff Writer

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