Hiring employees is one of the most effective ways to grow a small business. A larger staff will enable you to serve more customers and serve them all better. However, hiring can also be difficult, especially for small business owners who are just starting out and may not have experience finding, interviewing, and selecting candidates. Hiring also costs both time and money, neither of which small business owners have to spare.
To make the hiring process as smooth and painless as possible, follow the best practices below:
Write a Clear and Comprehensive Job Description
Whatever the size of your business, and whatever position you are hiring for, it’s important to write a thorough and descriptive job description.
A great job description includes the roles and responsibilities of the position, the knowledge and skills required, and the characteristics you are looking for in an employee.
Set a Hiring Schedule
Owners and employees of small businesses often have a lot on their plates and are juggling many roles. Set a reasonable deadline for when you would like the new employee to start and then work backward to create a schedule, setting aside time for interviews and so on.
Look for Candidates in the Right Places
Target your recruiting efforts in the same way you target your marketing campaigns. Think about your own professional (and personal) networks—what connections do you have already that you can plumb for possible candidates? LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media are also great places to advertise open positions to your networks.
Focus on Company Culture
Having employees that fit with your company values and culture is essential both for harmony and productivity at the workplace and for the image they will project to the outside world.
Implement a Trial Period
A lot of time, money, and energy goes into hiring new employees, so make sure that you are making the best decision from the start. Consider hiring promising applicants as a contract worker for a short-term assignment so you can assess before you decide to bring them on for a permanent position.
Hiring for small businesses doesn’t need to be a frustrating process. Taking the time to clearly define your expectations and to find the perfect person for the job will reward you many times over in helping your company to grow.