If you’re hiring, like most companies you probably feel the pressure to find the perfect candidate

Great news: attracting and hiring the best candidates has less to do with you having a slide in the office and more to do with your hiring process and interview style. Here are some of the best techniques for winning at the game of hiring.

1. Get creative

Move away from the typical approach of ‘Here’s our career page. Please submit a resume and we will be in touch if you are selected.’ Get outside the box and make things interesting. Some companies have potential candidate barbeques or host a friends and family event. Your best employees are likely connected to people that you would love to have work for your company.

2. Make it more difficult to apply

At first, this sounds counterintuitive. Wouldn’t making it more difficult lead to fewer people applying? The fact: is you want the best. A trait that all high achievers have is a desire to do things better than everyone else. Creating some barriers can give them an opportunity to tap into this inner desire. One method is making them submit a video to apply, or make them solve a puzzle.

3. Give them a reason to keep interacting

Move your hiring process away from the standard process and build in moments to interact with the best candidates throughout the process beyond simply having the candidate apply, getting invited for an interview, going to interview and then waiting for a response.

Send them a thank you card before the interview. Have your team call the candidate to share one part of your company culture with the person before the interview. Remember, these are the best candidates—we are not suggesting that you do this with every candidate. You can make time if you want the best.

4. Be transparent throughout the process

Train your staff and hiring managers to be transparent in the interviewing process. So often, companies have their hiring managers hold the cards so tight that the candidate doesn’t really get the full picture of the company’s intentions. This is a bi-product of wanting to have the upper hand in salary negotiations.

As a consequence of this behavior, many companies lose the best candidates, which ultimately costs them money. That is counterproductive. People respond well to others when that person is open. This will create a better interview and connect your company with the A-Player you are hoping to hire.