Here are ten tips to make the best hire for your small business.
____ 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
____ 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.
____ 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!
Plan orientation and training.