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How to Hire
  • 03 November 2019
  • Alex Penfield

How to Hire

Hiring someone to join your small business venture can be a daunting task, and a myriad of questions may be running through your mind if you find yourself in need of some extra hands. How will you find the right candidates? What questions should you ask? How will you find the time for interviews? Most small businesses don’t have the resources to support an HR function, meaning the brunt of the work will fall on your shoulders when it comes to the hiring process. If you are new to the hiring game, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to tackle the process, so here are a few ways to kick off your search and find your perfect hire:

How to Hire

Determine your need: The first step in the hiring process is to define the role that you are hoping to fill. What position you need will vary greatly depending on the size, industry and goals of your specific business, so it’s important to avoid adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to the job posting. An accurate and complete job description will help you narrow down your pool of applicants and find candidates with the skill set and experience that match your exact need.

Leverage your network: According to The Wall Street Journal, an entrepreneur’s best bet for finding new talent is through networking. Reaching out to someone you trust for a recommendation — whether that be a vendor, an accountant or a loyal customer — means the candidate vetting process is mostly complete, taking some of the burden off of you.

Lean on LinkedIn: LinkedIn can be a great resource for both spreading the word about your role and finding candidates that may be a good match. Post and manage your job posting for maximum traffic, and search for candidates based on your specific needs. LinkedIn can also provide valuable information about a candidate’s employment history, qualifications and industry connections. Start your search here.

Ask the right questions: Interviewing can be as intimidating for you as it is for the candidate. Take some of the stress off by prepping ahead of time and asking questions that will elicit thoughtful answers that can help determine if the candidate is the right fit for your role. Check out this list of questions for inspiration.

How to Hire

Find a culture fit: Fast-paced and lean, startup culture can take some serious getting used to. Small businesses usually do best with new hires who are already accustomed to an entrepreneurial environment, so it’s important to delve into candidates’ past experiences and assess their comfort level with a less traditional work setting.

Ask for help: As a small business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Adding all of the hiring responsibilities to your already overflowing to-do list may be too much, and that’s okay. If you find you don’t have the bandwidth to take on the time-consuming hiring process, consider a head-hunting service or consultant to take the lead on your search.

Hiring an employee for your business can be equal parts exciting and exhausting. While it’s a positive sign your business is growing, it can also be a difficult transition to add someone else into the mix, making finding the right person for the job even more critical in a small business environment. Leverage the resources and network you’ve built and remember to do your research and ask the tough questions. Your business deserves the best!

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