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Our Secret To Hiring Print Staff

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From what we hear from our trade partners, it seems that hiring print staff is one of the trickiest parts of running a print business. We know this from experience as well. From over 13 years of experience and having plenty of time to learn from each hire, we have developed our own way of doing this.

A bad hire will cost your business thousands of dollars. But a good hire will be worth a lot more to your business.

WE GET OVER 1000 PRODUCTION APPLICANTS A MONTH

Yes, you read that right!

You might think that getting 1000 applicants on Seek is a godsend. In reality it is like finding a needle in a haystack. We like using Seek as it has an in-built questionnaire feature which makes screening print staff more efficient.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR PRINT STAFF

Through lessons in the past with staff, we have a tighter view on the characteristics we look for when hiring staff. For us there are some basic screening questions we ask to ensure we are not wasting each other’s time such as:

  • Proximity & Do they have a license
  • Will this job be their primary focus or are they studying?
  • Do they want to work on their feet or behind a desk?

THE MEDIAPOINT PRINT STAFF DIFFERENCE

What makes the Mediapoint process special for hiring print staff is we are also looking for mental aptitude when hiring. We also do psychological testing. The key things we look for in a candidate are:

  • Can they follow a process?
  • Can they take instructions?
  • Do they like working at an efficient pace?

With our testing we can get a general idea of print staff candidates. The key think is we are looking for character over experience. As it leads to the next point…

IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW GOOD A CANDIDATE IS

If you do not have good training and processes behind an employee, they are doomed to fail. To be able to keep our quality and consistency up, we keep our products, equipment and processes simple. We can get a new candidate up to speed in weeks and not years. This allows us to scale quickly and rapidly.

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