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Web Extra: 25 snow and ice recruiting questions

May 1, 2015 -  By

To assess your company’s recruiting strength, answer the following list of questions and make note of the questions you cannot answer in the affirmative.

  1. Is someone responsible for recruitment strategy and processes?
  2. Does your company proactively anticipate specific staffing needs?
  3. Does a written position questionnaire exist for the position, outlining all of the details?
  4. Does a written job description exist for the position?
  5. Are job postings written and approved well in advance?
  6. Is a specific recruitment strategy for the position defined?
  7. Is there a defined process for screening resumes to select the most qualified candidates?
  8. Are candidates contacted promptly and professionally to arrange interviews?
  9. Are situational interview questions pre-prepared and in writing?
  10. Are interviews conducted with two or more interviewers in a group setting to reduce bias?
  11. Are final candidates asked to participate in one or more pre-employment assessments?
  12. Are job offers in writing and professionally prepared?
  13. Are job offers presented to candidates promptly and with an expiration date?
  14. Are negotiations handled with skill and adeptness?
  15. When an offer is accepted, does a written on-boarding process exist?
  16. Is someone responsible for on-boarding?
  17. Is new hire paperwork completed in a timely and accurate manner?
  18. Are new employees provided a formal orientation?
  19. Are new employees provided an employee handbook?
  20. Do supervisors perform a gap-fit analysis for the new employee?
  21. Do supervisors perform a personal development plan for the new employee?
  22. Are new employees assigned a coach or mentor?
  23. Are new employees provided with a date or time-frame for their first feedback review?
  24. Is an internal announcement made for the new employee?
  25. Is the new employee recognized in front of their peers?

Of course, not all positions require each of these 25 items to be in place. However, if you desire to be a magnet for snow talent, each item should be answered “yes” for some positions. In other words, you can’t ignore these items.

How many questions were you able to answer with a yes? Keep in mind that these 25 questions pertain only to recruiting and not other factors that may help you attract and retain talent. Nobody said becoming a magnet for snow talent would be an easy proposition. You have to decide how badly you want it.

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Phil Harwood

About the Author:

Harwood is a Managing Partner with GrowTheBench and Pro-Motion Consulting. Reach him at He is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager, NALP Trailblazer, NALP Consultant, and Certified Snow Professional. Harwood holds a BA in Marketing and Executive MBA with Honors from Michigan State University.

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