With the ever-increasing competitive workforce, companies are finding alternative and creative ways to evaluate candidates even before hiring them! Have you ever thought about how much your turnover rate would improve if you knew that the people you are about to hire would be a perfect fit for their roles?
At ProSky, we've found that one of the best ways to evaluate candidates to see if they have the skills required to succeed in the role is through Projects.
Projects are 3-5 week commitments designed by your company to help solve a specific problem and accomplish something for the company. They can consist of whatever you want them to and be designed how you want them to.
Evaluating your candidates for technical and behavioral skills using Projects can improve hiring and reduce turnover!
If you want your candidates to show the skills required for email marketing, for example, you may start a project to find people willing to help promote your product. Set a deadline to see how many influencers are found, what positions they hold, and what plan your candidates have for how to email them.
You are given the chance to engage potential future employees by introducing them to hands-on projects, teamwork, and allowing them to see the entire process of their future job. Current employees also benefit from participating in the project and working directly with potential hires (future coworkers).
There are many benefits to using this method for any position you're looking to fill. Here are 6 of the top benefits you get with project evaluation:
1. Evaluate for Technical Skills
What you are ultimately hoping for is that the candidates will have the technical skills to do their jobs. Resumes can be inaccurate and are not always to be trusted. No matter how innovative your interview questions might be, people will come to expect it and learn about it before their interviews. So instead of these traditional methods, why not ask them to showcase their skills?
If it's a marketing position you are looking to fill, have your candidates show you how well they understand creating content for SEO, writing blogs that garner user engagement and using Google analytics to measure their success.
Looking to hire for a front-end programmer? Test their coding skills by having them create a front-end app for your company using Google Chrome integrations and see who comes up with creative solutions that are usable and bug-free!
Performance-based evaluation through projects is by far the best way to gauge a candidate's skill level and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position in question. They will be able to prove to you their proficiency (or lack thereof) in a spectacular fashion that will decrease the risk of candidates pulling one over on you.
2. Evaluate Candidate Behavioral Skills
Projects are great at determining who is showing the necessary behavioral skills such as communication, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. You can put groups of potential hires into team projects with specified roles, then analyze how they work together and react in real-life situations.
It is important to hire people that understand how to work through conflicts, know to ask the right questions and provide innovative solutions. In team settings, there are lots of factors involved to work together with your coworkers and successfully deliver on time. How do you know your new hire will be able to handle pressure unless you test them for it?
A great tool we offer here at ProSky is our Desk feature. Through our platform, everybody can log in over video and audio chats to work together on various projects. This handy feature also gives teams real-time interaction abilities such as draw/write things on the online whiteboard, take notes, and upload files.
Through the use of proper evaluation software, you will be able to evaluate how employees communicate and work with each other to solve problems. You and your team can determine the steps they take and watch recorded steps that will show how their brains function and see what they do.
3. Signs of Leadership
Every position requires good leadership skills. Even entry-level positions require it in some form. Although they will be doing more reporting to managers than anything else during projects, showing leadership in tasks no matter how small will be telling how they handle bigger ones.
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble” - Helen Keller
Leadership can be demonstrated in a group setting when there is a common goal. You can see who is taking charge of the projects, who is taking it upon themselves to answer the questions of others, and who is stepping up the most.
Interactive software can be a tool that allows people to work collaboratively in real-time while you can watch and record success and failures, see chat communication and more. Those are all designed to help you best determine who is a leader, owning their tasks and making sure the project succeeds, and who does not.
4. Cultural Fit
Projects are not only great at evaluating candidates in real-time but will also give the candidate insight into the company culture and the types of projects they might be working on. They are able to interact with current employees and try their hand at tasks that they will be assigned if they are hired.
Imagine being able to watch how your candidates work with one another and their manager to complete a task. With Project Evaluation, you'll be able to see things like:
- Who asks the mentor the most insightful questions?
- Who is taking control of the project and leading other candidates?
- Who is overpowering and doesn't take suggestions?
- Who is completing their tasks effectively?
- Who is communicating the most?
- Who has a passion for the work?
Having the ability to see how candidates fit in with the company culture will be very telling about the future of that candidate at your company.
5. Mentorship Opportunities
Not only do projects help develop candidates, but it also gives your department heads, hiring managers, and people in leadership roles the chance to become heavily involved in the process as mentors. They will be to track candidate progress by watching their performance and learn valuable mentoring skills.
In addition, mentors will be able to provide guidance and monitor candidate progress throughout the project. Mentoring prospective job candidates allow you to be at the forefront and actively involved to see these things from the beginning. Our platform allows employees and candidates to view project info, milestones, team progress, and reviews. Having the capability to view all of these things allows mentors to work together with candidates to create deadlines, share ideas, and ultimately develop strong working relationships through communication and teamwork.
6. Career Growth
Aside from asking people: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” it is hard to determine what the growth plan for that individual looks like. Most likely, you want employees that are going to stay with you for the long-term and move on a linear path of growth at your company.
During the evaluating process, you can see how candidates think about their career through their actions. If candidates are driven and taking initiative, it will suggest they have a growth mindset and want to rise up in the company. On the other hand, if they are coasting through your project doing the bare minimum, they probably aren't thinking about their future with your company.
Throughout the project, you'll be able to answer important questions like:
Can they do the work?
What kind of future do they have with the company?
The answers to these questions will help you hire the right people and build a career pathway around them. This helps with succession planning, and to improve company culture, employee engagement, and retention rates. Remember, you are not just hiring for the present, you are hiring for your future team as well! Today's SDR could someday become tomorrow's sales manager or CEO.
Planning career growth is made easier through ProSky's career pathways, a system that allows you to see a visual path for every open position and how it leads to the next one. Using a system like that will clearly show you where people are in their paths and what they need to learn and accomplish to get to the next step.
All of these traits and skillsets are going to help you determine who is going to fit best at your company and adopt the company culture. When you have a cohesive group of people working together towards a common goal, your team is not only more empowered and loyal to you, but your turnover rates will be close to nonexistent. Who would want to leave a company that invests in their professional growth and cultivates a good working environment? Exactly.