How to Hire Effectively

Ellen Scharaga, a Melville, NY, resident, is the senior vice president of oncology pharmacy services at OncoMed Pharmaceutical Services. In that role, Ellen Scharaga has reduced turnaround times for prescription fills by 30 percent and grown the operations staff by 50 percent.

Hiring new staff members in any profession is sometimes a difficult and lengthy process. It takes an average of eight weeks to hire a new recruit, and poor decisions made during the hiring process can cause delays. To ensure the hiring process is as effective as possible, it is important to prepare an accurate job description. When doing this, the hiring manager should clearly outline the job details and the main responsibilities of the position in order to find applicants suited for the job.

During the interview, it is vital to listen carefully and hire based on attitude as well as skills. Companies can always expand an employee’s skills, if necessary, but they cannot alter someone’s personality. Despite many hiring manager’s best efforts, mistakes sometimes occur. If a new employee has difficulties from the beginning, it is best to address the situation as soon as possible.

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