Finding the Best Employee for Your Business
The steps you take to prepare for finding the right employee for your business can help push you to the next level of success. You will need to pinpoint exactly what you expect from the new employee. Searching for an employee requires knowing where to look for potential applicants.
You will also have to have some basic interview skills to narrow down the field of applicants. The more effort you put into finding the right employee the more likely you will be to find a person that fits your business needs and your vision for its growth.
Tips for Finding Employees
1. Start with a job description. Write down a list of all the activities or responsibilities that the job will entail. Include any future positions that might be required. Next to the list include any special training or education that would be beneficial to fulfill that duty. Now use those lists to write out a job description for the job. This is for your search needs and does not have to be part of your official business documents. You do need to know what you are willing and able to pay so be sure to work that into your description.
2. Create an attention grabbing ad. Send out ads to publications that reach the target market for you needs. You will want to include some of the training or education that you are seeking as well as the general job description. Request resumes so that you can begin the process of sorting through applicants before the interview process. Include a deadline for resumes to be sent.
3. Schedule time to review all applications. Begin to go through them as they arrive. Create a pile for potential employees and one for those that do not meet your needs.
4. Do a preliminary interview by phone. Call the people in your keep pile and talk with them a few minutes about the job and their interest in the position. Begin scheduling face to face interviews with the ones that get the highest marks for interest and experience.
5. Prepare for the face to face interviews. Spend a little time doing some research on the applicants over the internet. The internet can be a wealth of information about work experience and other aspects of the potential employee. It may give you some insight into the personality and ethics of the person that is applying to become a part of your company.
6. Ask others in leadership roles to sit in or participate in the interviews. They may see some things that you miss or ask questions that you might not have thought about asking. It is important that the new employee be able to work with existing employees so multiple interviewers can help determine that compatibility.
7. interview either by phone or in person. Set up three to five questions that integrate the mission and vision of your company and see how each respond to those questions.
Building your business requires having the right bricks to stand firm on your strategic foundation. The employees that you choose to work with you can be the driving force behind your success or the dead weight that sinks the ship.
Hiring a cohesive team can take time and energy. It requires creating job descriptions, building ads, and conducting interviews. You will want to make that investment to help ensure that you hire the right employees for your business.
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