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Making the right hire is one of the best things you can do for your organization. Learn how to make better hiring decisions through job descriptions, structured interviewing, hiring committees, and more.

Hiring is one of the most important things an organization does. Every new hire affects the team, culture, and company direction. It pays to invest time, resources, and research into the hiring process. Making the wrong hire can be far more costly than taking the time to make the right one.

Companies continue to spend substantially more on training than on hiring. ASTD’s 2012 State of the Industry Report found that American companies spent $156,200,000,000 on learning programs in 2011. The average employee received thirty-one hours of training over the year, which works out to more than thirty minutes each week. Why not front-load the investment and spend the majority of time and money on attracting, assessing, and cultivating new hires? If you are better able to select the right people up front, then you can spend less time on training bad hires and dealing with the consequences.

Every step in the hiring process - from resume review to interview training - is an opportunity to improve the final decision. Processes such as structured interviews and hiring committees can help ensure hires will be great for the long-term.

Ten hacks from Code for America to help you hire

Code for America wants tech-savvy civil servants to improve public services. After studying hiring practices at cities and states across the US, they learned that governments needed to use 21st century hiring practices in order to recruit the right talent.

Google explains why "Hiring is the Most Important Thing You Do"

For almost any organization, it’s the employees who make it what it is – doing the actual work and shaping the culture. That’s why hiring is the most important thing organizations do, and it pays to get it right.

Listen to this podcast on how Google hires

Finding, assessing, and hiring exceptional talent is never easy, but there are ways to structure how you screen, interview, and woo candidates to help you make better decisions.
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