When your business begins to grow you need to invest in the right people to help you provide the best product or service.
A successful business often finds itself recruiting a bigger workforce to help deal with the demand, but hiring the right employee can be an extremely difficult task. You often find yourself asking the same questions over and over again, ‘is this person right for the job’, ‘can they do the job?’ and ‘can I trust them’?
Trying to find the right person to fulfill a role within your company can be a long and lengthy process, but don’t forget, you are the person hiring someone to work for you; so make sure you maintain your position of authority.
As an entrepreneur or as a businessperson, it maybe your first time hiring someone new, especially if it’s your own business. This means it will be a very stressful process and many different factors are to be considered, such as salary, contracts and the terms of employment.
These are some of our top tips for making sure you hire the right employee for your company, and helping you ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Defining the job
Hiring the right employee starts with understanding what the role is that you’re advertising. You need to analyse what the role entails; collect information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, and the work environment of the job in question. The information you gather from analysing the role will develop a detailed job description for the potential employee. The description will also help you plan your recruitment strategy for finding the right person for the job.
A recruitment strategy
Using the job description, set up a meeting with the people who will assist you in finding the right employee. This meeting is the perfect opportunity for you to plan and discuss the different things you could be looking for in a potential employee. It’s important you all agree on the key requirements before going into the interview stages.
Make a checklist
A checklist will help you bring a system into your hiring process. Whether it’s your first employee or one of many that you are planning to employ, this checklist will work every time, as it will give your business a structure when recruiting in the future. The checklist can also be referred to when checking the progress of an employee, and you can use it as a constant reference.
Once you have posted your job through whichever means you like to use, whether it be job websites, social media or a local newspaper; you will hopefully start to see an influx of job applications. This is where the process begins. You will then need to read through ll of the applications and pinpoint the best people that you would like to consider and invite in for an interview. Matching all of your applicants against a list of qualifications, skills and experience will really aid you through the selection process.
Asking the right questions in a interview is critical to you hiring the right employee. Interview questions help you separate the desirable candidates from the average candidates, so remember to select the best questions that are going to warrant valuable answers.
Check their background
It is compulsory for an applicant to have two references when applying for a job. This is usually from a previous employer and a personal or academic reference. When checking the background of a potential employee, make sure you check out their references and any qualifications they may have. You should also check criminal history, previous jobs and credit history, although certain checks will only be required depending on the type of job.
Offering the job
The final stage is offering the job to your chosen candidate. You should always have at least two people you want to offer employment to; one person will be your first offer, the second will be in case your first choice declines. Once you have made the offer and your candidate agrees to employment, you will need to arrange a start date and send the contract. Always make the employee aware that they will undergo a three month probationary period and their employment will be reviewed after the three months.
You’re now ready to start hiring now that you have the key steps to help find the right employee for your company. Don’t rush this process, as it is important for you get it right.
For more information on employment, check out our other blogs: ‘When is an Employee not an Employee?‘ and ‘Maternity Leave: What You Need to Know as an Employer’.