3. Remember that "hire slowly" doesn't mean "be slow to make a job offer." On the contrary, it pays to act swiftly at this stage. Being prepared by knowing what you want upfront and maintaining a network of contacts increases your odds of having strong candidates. And if you have strong candidates, you can close the deal quickly. When you find a match, let that person know as soon as possible. Don't spend days or weeks deciding whether or not to make an offer -- you'll just end up learning that the candidate took another job.
When the right person passes your interview process, make an offer the same day.
Debbie Madden is executive vice president at software developer Cyrus Innovation. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.