The best way to keep employees from heading for the door is to hire right in the first place. Here are some guidelines to help you select job candidates who have the best chances of sticking around:
1. Find out the applicant’s needs, wants and goals. Ask questions that will help you learn more about how you might work with this applicant as an individual. What did he enjoy most about his previous job? What does he hope to accomplish in the new position? What did he like best about his former boss?
2. Explain how you do things. Tell the applicant the goals you’ve set for your unit and for yourself. Describe how you communicate with your staff. When are you available to talk with them? Are you a more hands-on or hands-off boss? Be honest.
3. Be straightforward with the company’s goals and philosophy. Tell him what you like about working there. Talk about the company mission and relay some anecdotes.
4. Tell the applicant about any policies or procedures that would directly affect him. Reiterate the rules and benefits, and invite questions.
5. Provide a written up-to-date job description. Give him time to read it and go over it together.
6. Show him the kind of work he will be doing and where he would be doing it. Be sure work samples are typical.
7. Introduce him to his prospective workmates, especially ones he will be working with closely.