At LatAm Connex (LCX) we have extensive experience identifying top candidates for our clients. In this article we share some of our lessons learned.
To select the best professional for your project requires time and dedication, but this is what defines the success or failure of your project so the effort invested is well worth it.
But where to begin?
First of all, it’s very important that before you start searching, you clarify your needs and expectations in as much detail as possible.
- What specific outcomes/products are you expecting from the person you will hire?
- What tasks are needed to achieve those outcomes/create the products?
- What education/skills/experience level are required to deliver those outcomes/products?
- What is the timeline for the project?
- How many hours per week and what schedule do you expect the person to work?
- Are you looking for someone on-site or remote?
- Who will the person report to?
- What kind of contract are you planning to use (e.g., Will you hire them as an employee or as a freelancer? If as a freelancer, will you pay by the hour or by the deliverable?)
- What is your budget?
- Do you have any examples or references regarding the type of profile you would like to hire?
The more information you can provide, the better an applicant will be able to respond with a quote that fits your needs, saving you time.
However, if you forget something you shouldn’t worry. You always have the option while evaluating proposals to edit details of the project, correct/add information, as well as to send a message to all candidates to clarify general doubts.
Do not forget to pay attention to the title of the project. Remember that it should be descriptive and concrete. The title “Application in IOS for Home Delivery Service in Mexico” offers more information than “Application in IOS”.
“My project reflects everything that I need: now what?” After you advertise your position and start receiving applications, we suggest you use a filtering strategy. This consists in receiving the largest possible amount of proposals and then filtering down to keep the best, hiding those proposals that don’t fit your criteria, so you can visualize only those that you are going to evaluate.
“How to filter?” We recommend you to keep in mind four variables:
1) Price: The price is an important consideration. Do you have a defined budget limit for the project?
- YES: then eliminate the proposals over the established range.
- NO: then it is advisable that you look first at the proposals of the most expert professionals.
2) References: Can you run the risk of hiring a professional without a long work history and/or without a reference check?
- YES: then you may consider younger professionals that demonstrate promise. A talented young professional can add a lot of value at a reasonable price.
- NO: if the project is extremely sensitive, it is better to consider profiles with a good work history and solid recommendations.
3) Time: Is time an important factor?
- YES: pay attention to the most experienced proposals to verify if what they are proposing is realistic.
- NO: all the same, it is good that you define with the selected professional a delivery date, so that both parts can organize the work and complete it in a defined period.
4) Application: Did the professional provide all the requested information to you?
- YES: then consider his/her profile; it means that the professional took the necessary time to read your project description.
- NO: in this case, you can ignore the offer of anybody who did not take the time to understand your needs.
By this point you should have eliminated the majority of the received proposals and have selected a handful of proposals/profiles for further review.
The following step is to analyze the remaining profiles. This will typically be done through tests, personal interviews, reference checks and a review of completed projects.
Key things to look for include:
- Strong communication skills
- Proactive attitude (solution searcher)
- Capacity to listen and make improvements
- Certified skills
- Good references
Finally, it’s time to make a selection. In our experience at LCX, you should focus on who will be the best fit for your company/project based on how you rate the candidates on the above criteria. In the end, you will need to “trust your gut” when making your selection.
A good professional will be involved in your project and in your business, offering solutions to your needs and adding value to your project. If you follow the advice in this article, you should be able to identify a top tier candidate that will ensure you get a good return on your investment.
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