I bumped into this cool idea about hiring at The Chief Happiness Officer.
I really like the fact that they use the exisiting team in the process, the personality of the candidate is an important factor in the evaluation, and the focus is on increasing output, not just filling a position.
The hiring process is intensive (up to 50 applicants a week) and involves the entire organization. It becomes an important internal event, provokes communication and idea exchange and has clearly defined objectives.
The entire company is involved and committed to making the new employees a part of the team as quickly as possible. No wonder it’s successful.