The Human Touch of Legal Recruiting
The Great Resignation may be over, but employee turnover in the legal industry remains high. If you want to attract and retain top talent, you need to humanize your recruiting process.

A study by the Harvard Business Review found that the top three things employees want in a job are:

  1. A feeling of excitement to go to work
  2. A chance to use one’s strengths every day
  3. The opportunity to do work a person loves and is good at

These are all human needs, and they’re essential for employee engagement and satisfaction. If you want to create a workplace where people feel fulfilled, you need to focus on the human element of your recruiting process.

Here are some tips for humanizing your legal recruiting process:

  • Focus on the person, not the resume. When you’re interviewing candidates, take the time to get to know them as individuals. Ask them about their goals, their passions, and what they’re looking for in a job.
  • Create a positive and welcoming experience. Make sure your interview process is organized and efficient, and that your candidates feel comfortable and respected.
  • Ask open-ended questions. This will give you a better understanding of the candidate’s skills, experience, and personality.
  • Observe the candidate’s body language and tone of voice. This can tell you a lot about how they’re feeling and how they might fit into your culture.
  • Follow up after the interview. This shows the candidate that you’re interested in them and that you value their time.

By following these tips, you can create a legal recruiting process that is more human and more likely to attract and retain top talent.

Here are some interview questions that can help you unveil the person behind the resume:

  1. What are your goals?
  2. Why are these goals important to you?
  3. How do your professional goals impact your personal goals?
  4. What do you need from your employer to achieve these goals?
  5. What work-related accomplishment are you most proud of, and why?
  6. Can you recall a time when you were genuinely happy or satisfied at work? What contributed to that feeling?
  7. What is the most important or exciting thing you have learned in the past year?
  8. What do you like about your current role and work environment? How does it affect you?
  9. What aspects of your current situation do you wish to improve?
  10. What do you want to learn, and how do you plan to grow your skill set?

Remember, these questions serve as a guide. What truly matters is approaching the interview process with genuine curiosity and a focus on uncovering the person behind the resume.

To learn more about attracting and retaining the talent you need to succeed, consider our Smart Hire Solution™ process. It is a proven system for legal recruiting, offered at a predictable flat fee. If you have an open position at your firm, we can assist you in finding, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and even training the perfect candidate. Schedule a free clarity call with Molly McGrath, Founder of Hiring & Empowering Solutions, to explore how we can help.

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