At some point when you run your own business you will need to make a decision – should you hire someone or not? In some cases it won’t be necessary; you will be able to continue to work on your own and do very well. In other cases, if you want your business to really thrive, you will need a team of people behind you to help you get there. Once you hire the first person, hiring others will become an easier process, but it is still something that requires a lot of thought. How can you hire the right people? Here are some tips.
Write A Good Job Description
One of the things that frustrates employers most is when unqualified people apply for the jobs they are hiring for. This is a waste of everyone’s time, and makes the process a much longer one, especially if that person is invited for an interview.
By writing a good, detailed job description, setting out exactly what is – and what is not – required from the start, this frustration can be managed somewhat. Of course, some potential employees will still send in their CVs in the hopes that it might be of interest even if they don’t quite fit the description, but it will happen a lot less if the job description is well thought out and includes everything that is needed. Take your time over time, and it will save you time and irritation later on.
Plan The Interview In Advance
Once all the CVs and cover letters have been sent in, you will need to make a shortlist of candidates to interview. Again, interviews take a lot of time, so you only want to invite the very best candidates in to speak with you. Asking lots because they might be good enough will take up days of your time when you could and should be running your business, so be honest with what you need and discard anyone who isn’t exactly right.
Once you know who you want to speak to, you will need to plan the interview. Planning the interview in advance is crucial. It will make the entire process smoother and more efficient and show a professionalism to the candidate. After all, you need to impress them as much as they need to impress you if you want them to agree to work for you. Asking question that comes to you during the interview is fine if they are relevant, but having a basic plan will help you get started.
If you think you have found a suitable candidate and are keen to get them on board to your business, it is important to also show them what you have to offer. The candidate may have other interviews lined up, and being able to appeal in more ways than one can earn you those all-important brownie points. Having a strong company culture, notable employee benefits and perks, and an efficient HR and payroll system such as XCD can show the candidate you are a forward-thinking company, which they will be receptive to.
By considering how best to market your company, and taking time developing a clear job description, you should find suitable candidates for the job who will be an appropriate match for your business. Invest time and effort into this, and you will be sure to find the right people sooner than you think.