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10 Tips to Hiring The Perfect Candidate

Updated: Mar 26


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Many people in our community are facing widespread staffing shortages that are impacting their organizations. You need people to run an organization. You need GOOD people to run an organization. Without good people, you're not providing the service that you're meant to provide. So, where do you start? Here are 10 tips to finding quality candidates that will make an impact on your school and community!


1. Create Clear Job Descriptions

The start of your hiring process needs to be crafting well-defined job descriptions that outline roles, responsibilities, and expectations. A clear job description does not mean that it sounds like a robot wrote it. Paint a picture of the role with your words. Use vivid language that showcases your school’s personality. Articulate the attributes you’d like to see in candidates and make them excited to join the journey!


2. Leverage Multiple Recruitment Channels

Think of job boards, social media, and community groups as your megaphone. Blast your job openings everywhere to connect with a diverse bunch of potential candidates. The wider you cast your net into the digital ocean, the more chances you have of reeling in stars!


3. Engage in Educator Networks

Your employees have outlets they use to share stories, ideas, and yes, job leads. These are educator groups, forums and events. The attendees live and breathe education, and they could be your next dream team members! These networks provide opportunities to connect with passionate staff who are dedicated to their profession and eager to contribute.


4. Collaborate with Colleges

Colleges and universities are filled with untapped talent. Forge partnerships with local universities and colleges, particularly their education departments to establish relationships that allow you to tap into a pipeline of aspiring educators who are seeking experience in their local schools. Here are 8 Steps to Creating a Candidate Pipeline From Local Colleges.


5. Utilize Employee Referrals

Employee referrals are favored by 82% of employers for yielding the highest ROI. Your current staff can spot a kindred spirit from a mile away. Encourage them to refer potential candidates. Your existing team members understand the school's culture and can recommend candidates who align with your values.


6. Conduct Thorough Interviews

Design a structured interview process that evaluates both technical skills and cultural fit.

Use a combination of behavioral and situational questions to assess candidates' problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and alignment with your school's mission.


7. Implement Performance Tasks

Sometimes, you've gotta see the magic firsthand. Consider incorporating performance tasks or demonstrations as part of the interview process. This hands-on approach allows you to observe candidates in action and assess their creativity and classroom management skills.


8. Assess Soft Skills and Cultural Fit

You need to define the core values of your organization and make every decision based on these values. This includes hiring staff. Evaluate soft skills, such as adaptability, collaboration, and empathy. Assess whether their values align with your school's culture and values to ensure a harmonious fit.


9. Check References

Reach out to the references provided by candidates to gain insights into their work ethic and interpersonal skills. Reference checks provide valuable information that can help you make informed decisions.


10. Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Let your candidates know they're not just signing up for a job; they're contributing to the vibrancy of their community. Emphasize incentives and other opportunities for continuing education, mentorship, and advancement within the school.



Selecting the right employees for your school is an intricate process that requires careful consideration and a well-thought-out strategy. Remember, it's not just about hiring – it's about finding those superheroes who'll make your school an even more fantastic place to learn and grow. Get ready to welcome a crew that'll light up your school and make memories that'll last a lifetime!


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