Recruiting the right group of candidates can be tough, but the ultimate challenge lies in choosing the right person in the end. It is well documented that hiring errors can have lasting effects when it comes to costs, existing employee morale, the list goes on.

This is why it is becoming more and more important to recruit wisely and luckily there are a few key signs you can look for in candidates throughout the hiring process.

Here are 3 things that will lead you to the right candidate.

Having a Structured and Organized Selection Process

Having the right process in place is the essential first step to making the right hire. This means making sure each candidate has a similar experience with your organization and are critiqued fairly against the same criteria.

To ensure this continual experience the hiring managers must be trained in the recruitment process and know exactly what they are looking for in the candidates.

For example, during interviews, hiring managers should ask a similar line of questions to each candidate and have certain things they are looking for in each candidates answer. Only from having this replication through the process can candidates be assessed and critiqued fairly.

Looking for Candidates Who Show Excitement for the Job Right Away

Strong, worthwhile candidates will separate themselves from the start. If they show enthusiasm and are excited for the job, it will be evident in their resume and cover letter.

To summarize, if candidates are not displaying signs like this early on it is probably not worth having them come in for interviewing.

To further examine their enthusiasm for the job, you can listen for questions they ask during interviews. Are they confident and engaging in their questioning? If so it can mean that they are not only a good fit for the role, but have a good chance of being a long-term fit that can continue to progress.

Candidates That Can Communicate Their Experience and Achievements

It is easy for someone to list their qualifications and skills on a resume. By viewing these you can see if the person matches up well or not, but what truly tells this is how they present themselves and communicate what is on their resume.

When a candidate is able to articulate their experience with relevant examples that apply to the position at hand it’s a good indicator of their awareness. They know what they’ve done and know how it applies to what they want to do in the future.