Good employees can play a critical role in helping you grow your independent insurance agency, and they can also make running your insurance agency a lot more enjoyable. Bad employees, on the other hand – well, that’s a completely different story.
Here are some tips to help you identify quality candidates:
Make sure the job description fully reflects the employee’s role, including necessary skill sets, experiences and personality characteristics of the ideal candidate.
Look at your current employees and determine what makes one better than another to identify traits that would be desirable in your new hire.
In addition to job-related skills, look for these qualities:
Personality: Look for someone who will fit in well with existing employees and routines and mesh well with your company’s philosophy and who will get along with your target audience.
Commitment: Ideally, you want an employee who’s serious about working for your company and helping it grow. Eliminate job-hoppers by reviewing past job history.
Don’t post your ad on every available job board; instead, focus on job boards and other media used by suitable candidates.
Use the phone to screen potential candidates. Take some time to develop a list of questions that help weed out unsuitable applicants and identify qualified candidates