Once you’ve found the perfect candidate for your open position, your job is almost done — but not quite. Closing the deal is key. Follow these steps to get your first choice to sign on.
- Make a decision. Select a candidate, and possibly a backup hire, if you suspect your first choice may not take the job.
- Make an offer — or send a rejection letter. Put everything in writing, so there can be no confusion.
- Negotiate the terms of the offer letter. If the prospective employee balks at the terms of the job offer, you’ll need to balance your desire to bring him or her on board with what you can afford to pay.
- Set a start date. This will also need to be negotiated with the employee. If he or she will be relocating or needs to give notice at an existing job, be sure to consider this.
- Introduce the new employee. Have your new hire meet everyone else in their department or division, and make sure you have an orientation program to help them understand the corporate culture of your company.