Whether you’re just starting your real estate business or you’ve been successfully doing business for years, you’re eventually going to come to the point where you want (and need) to grow your team.
Congratulations! Building your team is a good thing. But, if you don’t come from a recruiting or HR background (which, as a real estate agent, chances are you don’t), the hiring process can be confusing, drawn out and frustrating.
Whether you’re hiring virtual support or an in person team member, there are certain strategies that can help ease the pain of the hiring process.
Here are 3 tips to simplify the hiring process:
Get All Of Your Ducks In A Row
Unless you want to waste a significant amount of time, money and sanity, before you start seriously considering hiring a team, you need to get all of your ducks in a row. And by that I mean you have to have everything for the new role organized internally before you can seriously start to think about bringing anyone external in. Hiring a new team member isn’t going to be helpful if you hire the wrong person or don’t have a clear idea of what you need them to do.
Take a look at your real estate business and identify any gaps. Is your website in need of a serious graphic design upgrade? Are you struggling to get your office and operations organized? Are you spending too much time managing your administrative work?
Whatever the needs are in your business, it’s essential to clearly define them before you bring people on board. If you don’t have clear expectations and job duties for the role, both you AND the person you bring on board are going to be disappointed.
Connect With Your Network
Once you’ve got a clear job description (or descriptions, depending on how many team members you need to bring on), it’s time to start looking for qualified candidates.
The best place to start when sourcing candidates is with the people that you already know and trust. Reach out to people in your network and see if they know of anyone who would be the right fit for the role and your company.
Reach out to your colleagues and other real estate professionals to see if anyone has the skill-set you’re looking for (and, equally as important, the personality fit… one great hiring truth is that no matter how skilled someone is, if the personality match isn’t there, it won’t be a long term fit for either party).
Look In The Right Places
If there’s no one in your network that’s quite the right fit for what you’re looking for, it’s time to start actively recruiting. But if you want to truly source the top candidates in the field of expertise you’re looking for, you can’t just post an ad on Seek and hope for the best.
You have to make sure you look in the right places.
With the vast number of recruiting resources and job sites available, you wouldn’t have time to post in everyone one of them even if you were 100% focused on recruiting. So you’re going to want to narrow down and post on the ones that are going to give you the highest chance of finding the right type of candidate you’re looking for.
Need someone with with real estate experience? Real estate specific job boards like Reiwa.com.au and RealEstateJobSearch.com.au are great resources. Need to find a virtual assistant to help with admin work? Upwork is a great resource for finding remote VAs. Need a graphic designer for a short term project? 99designs is a great place to find graphic designers for short term, project based work (however, if you have a significant amount of design needs, you’ll likely want to look into hiring a trusted graphic design and print partner with direct experience in the real estate industry).
Choose the best 1 or 2 job sites and resources for the type of role you’re hiring for, and then focus your efforts there.
Date Before You Get Married
So, if you’ve done the whole recruiting process correctly, you’ll hopefully have a few solid candidates in the pipeline. And I’m sure they seem fantastic.
But before you get too excited, you’ll definitely want to heed this piece of advice: date before you get married.
Think about it this way: you don’t meet someone, go out on a first date and then get married 20 minutes later, right?
So why should hiring be any different?
In many ways, an interview is a lot like a first date – your potential candidates are on their best behavior and are going to say whatever it is that you want to hear to get the job. So before you commit to a workplace marriage, give the top tier candidates that you’re seriously considering for the position a few test projects. This will illustrate whether their skill-set actually matches up to everything they said on the interview and give you a sense of what it will be like to work with them before you commit to bringing them on board.
While the hiring process is never as easy as you’d like it to be, if you follow these tips you’ll be on your way to building your dream team in no time.
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