Armed with a vision to provide quality mental healthcare to Australians around the country, Jodie Brenton started Life Resolutions in 2001. Since then Jodie has been helping psychologists in private practice throughout Australia to focus on their patients instead of wasting their time on paperwork and other mundane business tasks related to running your own company. The seed of the idea, helping to make mental healthcare more accessible and less of a taboo, soon grew into a nationwide franchise. Today, Life Resolutions has more than 50 practices and affiliates across Australia, and continues to grow. With over 15 years of experience in the field of business, the CEO and Director of Life Resolutions, Jodie Brenton, shares some insightful tips on how the correct ways to recruit the right person for a job.
Top tip: Always research your prospective candidates before hiring them
It can often be difficult to choose the right person for a role, particularly when you’re faced with multiple candidates for the job, all equally competent and qualified. Recruiters’ minds are often hijacked by their ‘gut feelings’ about a candidate, but this can be a dangerous approach to hiring. Instead, use as many tools available to you to try and find out a little more about the candidates. This will help you make an informed decision about each candidate, and you will land up learning a lot more about them in turn.
Get each candidate to complete common personality profiles such as the Myer-Briggs or Big 5 profiles. Request candidates for references from past employers or professors, then follow up on those references, perhaps even calling them up personally to have a chat. Give the candidates some hands-on tasks or activities to complete in order to determine their skill set and capabilities. Try to also obtain multiple opinions about the candidate from other team members and advisors before you make your decision. While trusting your gut is a good thing to do, in this case, always back it up with research so you can be 110% sure you are hiring the right person for the job.