Improve recruitment strategies

Employee retention can be greatly improved by hiring the right people in the first place. Unfortunately, too many old school recruitment techniques are still being used. I (Heidi) cringe whenever I hear “what do you think your strengths and weakness are”, or “give me an example in a previous job when you X”. Capability and behaviour based interviews don’t always find the best candidates for your roles.

Recruitment generally works by soliciting resumes, looking through those resumes for someone who has the skillset or background that you are looking for, and when you get them in front of you, during the interview you’re looking for ‘are they the right fit’.

What does that mean? The right fit? Is that skills or person? Skills can be taught, mindset is a harder thing to train. Have you ever seen the most competent and skilled person hired for a job, but they still didn’t fit somehow? That’s mindset.

With NLP, we look at a variety of unconscious filters that you can easily identify while talking to another person – and we match those to the filters that might be required for the job, the workplace, the team and the way the person will be managed.

Instead of asking about a behavioural aspect, ask instead “tell me about an aspect of your current/past job that you truly enjoyed” – this will give you insight into the persons mindset. From NLP you will gain skills and knowledge about how to create a recruitment plan for your business to ensure the right-minded person with the right skills is being hired.

Set yourself up for more business success

Regardless of what kind of ‘business’ you are in, NLP can help you set yourself up for more success. It doesn’t matter if you own a business, are a receptionist, sales person, parent, artist, coach, trainer, shelf stocker – you are in charge of your mind. A couple of years ago Sarah completed our NLP Level 1 trainings with zero intention to use it in her job because “well, I’m just an admin”; her intention was simply to help herself to communicate better, run her mind/body more effectively and improve her relationships. Well, she did all of that – and more!

With NLP, you’ll not only learn a superb goal setting tool, you’ll also be able to adjust your behaviours, thoughts and beliefs to match the outcome you want. Sarah learned that in her personal life, when she was focusing on what she wanted and when she addressed any blocks or limitations that were stopping her she was able to easily move through them. So, she decided to try her hand at using NLP at work.

She set a Success Goal – her first goal was for others to give her verbal feedback about her improved performance. In reality, she didn’t change her performance at all – she changed her attitude toward her performance! In turn, she began getting positive feedback. Her next goal was to get a promotion to a Senior Administration role – within a few months, she got that! Sarah continued on to the Level 2 NLP training and she learned about the Disney Planning Process and she decided it was time to fast-track her work success, since she hadn’t prioritised it earlier in her career. She’s recently been promoted again, this time into the marketing department of her company – she is working directly for the Senior Manager, learning a lot and using her NLP skills every day in her work, and for herself at work.

What you put your mind to, you can achieve – and with NLP you can make sure your success psychology is aligned with what you desire!

Improve Your Recruitment Strategies with NLP

Employee retention can be greatly improved by hiring the right people in the first place. Unfortunately, too many old school recruitment techniques are still being used. I (Heidi) cringe whenever I hear “what do you think your strengths and weakness are”, or “give me an example in a previous job when you X”. Capability and behaviour based interviews don’t always find the best candidates for your roles.

Recruitment generally works by soliciting resumes, looking through those resumes for someone who has the skillset or background that you are looking for, and when you get them in front of you, during the interview you’re looking for ‘are they the right fit’.

What does that mean? The right fit? Is that skills or person? Skills can be taught, mindset is a harder thing to train. Have you ever seen the most competent and skilled person hired for a job, but they still didn’t fit somehow? That’s mindset.

With NLP, we look at a variety of unconscious filters that you can easily identify while talking to another person – and we match those to the filters that might be required for the job, the workplace, the team and the way the person will be managed.

Instead of asking about a behavioural aspect, ask instead “tell me about an aspect of your current/past job that you truly enjoyed” – this will give you insight into the persons mindset. From NLP you will gain skills and knowledge about how to create a recruitment plan for your business to ensure the right-minded person with the right skills is being hired.

Manage Your State or Mood

Unless you work in a silo, alone with no one else around, it is useful to have your emotions and mood in check. From an NLP perspective, your mood and emotions at any point in time is known as your state, and it changes regularly.

If you are managing or leading people, selling, influencing, helping or otherwise working with people, your state is important.  Studies have shown that the moods of others can easily be passed from person to person – and negative emotions win out over positives ones nearly every time!

If you want others around you to be upbeat, positive, creative or productive – then it would make sense that you would want to be the model of that yourself. Now, let’s face it – it’s not possible to always be in a good mood. In fact, bad moods are useful.

Anger, frustration, challenged, sad, worried – they are all useful in some context. In the right context, anger demonstrates that you are setting boundaries, that your values have been dismissed or a line of some sort has been crossed. But to hold onto anger for hours, or days is unusual to everyone who come into contact with you – including yourself.

You are in charge of your mind, and therefore your results. NLP will help you to be more aware of the states you are having – and when they are being unproductive for you or for the people around you. And, more importantly, how to change the state you are experiencing to transform it into something that is more useful and resourceful.

Create Business Goals and Plans for Success

Have you ever noticed that planning for business and personal goals tend to be a different task? Even if the business is yours! This is because the business is about more than just yourself, and sometimes people feel there is more at stake in a business; and sometimes there is.

With your NLP skills you will be able to take an objective viewpoint of your business, your role in it, who else is or needs to be involved and how it affects others. Unlike most personal goals, your business goals involve others.

NLP contains many tools to help you to get out of your emotional/personal mindset and more critically create goals that are realistic, achievable and manageable; with steps along the way and added benefits of accessing and building resources – which might include other people!

The Well-Formed Outcome is the best of the NLP goal setting tools, but this accompanied by aspects of Perceptual Positions, Disney Planning Process and using a Goal in the Future technique will set you and your business goals and plans up for success!

Create an entrepreneurial mindset

We meet a lot of people who want to be an entrepreneur – the majority either never embark upon that journey or they do and go back to employment within a few years.

Have you ever wondered what sets the successful entrepreneur apart from the wantrepreneur or unsuccessful entrepreneur? We know that the success ratio is about 20% the product or service you are offering and 80% mindset.

NLP will help you to identify your own mindset plus you will pick up tools that will help you to model other successful entrepreneurs to find out what they are doing that works. Once you are able to know the ingrediance of the successful entrepreneurial mindset you can then use your NLP skills to alter beliefs, change values, update your unconscious filters and behaviours.

A wonderful thing that you will learn with NLP is a presupposition if it is possible for someone else, it is possible for me. And, because we have the skills to unpack the unconscious processes a person uses to reach a desired goal, you can then apply and adopt some of the successful strategies that someone else (or a few someone else’s), use to be a successful entrepreneur.