Running a small business can often be stressful and especially difficult to do all on your own. It’s important to surround yourself with trustworthy and hardworking employees in order to grow your business and take some of the pressure off yourself.
Here are some tips for hiring the best employees. Find the Right Fit – Look for someone who complements your work style. You don’t necessarily want them to agree with everything you do, but you also don’t want them challenging you every step of the way. Find someone who is a nice balance – you trust their opinions but they have their own ideas as well.
Take Your Time - Allow plenty of time to find the right personnel for your company and don’t just settle because you are in a time crunch. If you are desperate for extra help and don’t have time to search through all the applications and websites, consider using a temp agency. This way you don’t have to commit to anyone in particular and they may end up working out for you anyway!
Define the Position - Make sure you know exactly what you need the new hire to do. Clearly articulate their responsibilities and what you expect of them, as well as what you can offer them (benefits, vacation, etc). This is a two-way street, you want them to be happy working for you so they give you their best work. Consider being more flexible either with hours or allowing some time to work from home. This makes your company more desirable.
Search Outside the Box - Treat everyone you meet and speak with as a potential candidate. This doesn’t mean you are constantly interviewing but you never know who you will meet that might be perfect for a position in your company. Keep track of top contenders and their attributes – they may not work for your current needs but down the road something may open up where they are an ideal fit. Also, don’t put all the pressure on yourself or one person in the office to be the sole recruiter. Allow everyone on staff to keep an eye out for potential new hires as they already have a great idea of what it takes to work for your company.
Are you a business more than a year old? Becoming a BBB Accredited Business will help potential employees see that your company is a trustworthy and reputable business.