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Running a small business is hard enough as is, but finding the right people to keep operations up and running is a whole other story.
The truth is, it’s hard to find employees that meet all of your personality criteria and have the skills to boot.
Feeling lost in the hiring phase?
Read our tips to find out how you can find the right hires, bolster your training process, and keep your team from turning over.
Tip #1: Craft a detailed job posting
For many business owners and managers, the moment you realize you need to hire some help, your first instinct is to head straight to the job board and start looking for candidates.
But if you want to hire a team member that will last, the hiring process has got to be a little more strategic than that.
Before you post onto any job board, you should create a detailed job posting to help you narrow down your applicant pool, and ultimately, find candidates that are more desirable.
Your job posting should include:
• Job title
• Job location
• Summary of responsibilities
• Description of company culture and benefits
• Instructions on how to apply
Keep in mind: your job posting doesn’t have to be boring in order to be professional. This is a medium for you to attract the right candidates for the job, so be yourself!
Once you’ve created a job description that suits the position and reflects your company’s culture, you should start posting it to a few online job posting sites.
Tip #2: Ask the right questions
After reviewing your applicants and narrowing down your candidates, you’re ready to start the interview process.
But before you go into an interview panel blindly, you should create an outline of what you want and don’t want in a candidate. This list will help you come up with questions that will give you a better perspective on the individual you’re interviewing.
Here are some questions to start with:
• What is your communication style?
• What personal and professional skills do you bring to the table?
• What excites you about this position?
• Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Tip #3: Conduct a thorough background check
At this stage, you’ve likely found a candidate that you’re pretty excited about. As much as you’re ready to hire them right away, you should complete this final step before you do: background checks.
There’s a reason so many employers make it a point to run background checks before hiring. Not only can they protect your business from hiring a dangerous criminal, but they can also provide other important information, like a credit score that might impact the candidate’s job performance.
A credit report for employment screening might not make sense for every business type, but if you’re hiring for a job that deals with money management or financial advising, you may want to consider the applicant’s own financial habits.
No matter which kind of employment check you’re running, you must make sure that you’re operating in compliance with labor laws and industry standards.
After the applicant’s background check has cleared, you should also check their references. This process can help verify employment history and present important information that could influence your hiring decision.
Tip #4: Boost your onboarding process
No matter how amazing your new hires are, they’re only as good as the training process you provide them with.
To help you build an effective training program for your new staff members, consider using an onboarding and training tool. This will keep your efforts organized, allow your staff to access training materials regularly, and ensure that your team is able to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
Tip #5: Make it a great place to work
Your job isn’t over once the hiring and training process is done. If you want your new staff to stay on your team, you’ll want to make your company a great place to work.
Whether that’s offering competitive wages and excellent benefits or implementing employee rewards programs depends on your company and the needs of your employees.
If you follow these five tip, you’ll have a stellar staff in no time!