Here are ten tips to make the best hire for your small business.

PREPARATION

____ 1. Think through the following:

            ____ A. needs you have now 

____ B. needs you may have in 6 months 

____ C. current 'inventory’ of skills you have access to as employees, contractors or vendors 

____ 2. Define roles & responsibilities of the new position 

____ 3. Develop a wish list and know the difference between wishes & must-haves

____ 4. Create a thorough Job Description 

 

PROCESS

____ 5. Write an awesome, creative, personalized help wanted ad.  (You want to find a great person, and they want to find a great job.)

____ 6. Send the Job Description and/or ad to friends, put it on social media and on Craigslist, unless you are keeping the search confidential. 

____ A. Include one or two tasks in the ad. This helps with screening out those who don’t follow instructions.  For example "please send me a personalized cover letter.” 

____ 7. Screen by email. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders for responses.

____ 8. Next, screen by phone. Invite only those who passed your first screens. Did they follow directions? Cull the list. See only those who handled the  phone screen well. 

 

INTERVIEW

____ 9. Interview

____ A. Create an environment to set the candidates at ease.

____ B. Let them do 60-80% of the talking please.  

____ C. Get to know them.

____ D. Ask specific, not hypothetical questions.

____ E. Gather specific details and facts. (Those facts come in handy.) 

 

____ 10. Check references!

 

LASTLY

Make offers.  

Plan orientation and training. 

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