Not all businesses need employees; some can be run very successfully by just one person. However, if you really want to expand and you simply wouldn’t be able to do everything by yourself, hiring staff is a step you’ll need to take. When you realize it’s time to do this, you might be nervous. After all, it’s a big investment and if you get it wrong then it’s hard to fire someone and look for someone else.
There are ways that you can ensure – as far as possible – that you are choosing the right person or people for your business.
Read on to find out what some of them are.
Write A Good Job Description
The job description is the very first step that needs to be in place (and correct) when you are hiring an employee. Whether this is your first hire, or you have done this many times before, writing a good job description will allow you to weed out the candidates that just wouldn’t be right for you as they won’t apply for the job. This means that those who are applying are much more likely to fit with what you are looking for. Don’t worry if narrowing the field through your job description means you only have a handful of applications – you only need one good candidate to find your ideal new member of staff.
When writing the job description, you need to be as clear and comprehensive as possible. You should include what the role requires and the kind of person it would suit best. List everything out in great detail, and take time over the description; taking time at this point means having fewer resumes and cover letters to wade through later on, and it means that you will find it easier to choose who to interview.
Plan Out The Interview
It’s not a good idea to hire someone without interviewing them first no matter how great their qualifications and resume might be. An interview isn’t just about quizzing someone on the role you want them to fill, it’s also about getting to know them and ensuring that they are going to work well within your business. You need to know that you can trust them and get on well with them as well as everything else that is important.
The questions you ask can be about themselves, their qualifications, their experience, and could even include a practical test, or more technical questions that would relate to the position they are interviewing for. If you want them to make circuit boards, for example, ask them what a plane layer is. It will help you to understand their expertise.
Planning the interview out in advance is crucial. Not only will it streamline the process (saving you time and effort), it will also give your potential new member of staff a good impression of you and your business, showing them that you are organized and professional. If they have a lot of choice as to where they could work and you are keen to hire them, you need to give them as good an impression as they do for you.