Hiring awesome employees is important for the success of your business – staff can make or break a company, it’s a fact. You invest in people as much as you invest in ideas, so it’s important that your choose the right people to represent your company and brand. Unpleasant employees, poorly trained workers, a rapid turnover, and a toxic work environment can all contribute to the success or failure of your business. To help you, here’s a startup bible to finding and hiring awesome staff:
Get a Personal Reference and Professional Reference
When you’re looking to hire a person, you’re bringing their character and personality into your business. Checking with the previous employers tells you whether the person is trustworthy, and a bit about their work style, attendance record, attitude, and skills. However, speaking to a more personal reference can tell you more about the person’s character. Here are some great questions to ask:
- How long have you known the candidate? If they’ve only known them a few months, the candidate may not be able to make lasting connections with others.
- Is the candidate reliable? Friends and family might share a time with you when the candidate wasn’t so reliable…but then say they think they’ve grown since then.
- Why do you think the candidate is interested in this job? This can reveal a lot about the candidate. The answer could make you like the candidate even more, or tell you what the candidate really wants to get out of life…like, a job in teaching rather than a job in admin.
- Is there anything else I should know about the candidate? You’ll be surprised at just how much you learn from asking this question! I bet way more than you could find out on the candidate’s Facebook page.
Trust Your Instinct
Sometimes people refer to the stomach as the second brain because of the amount of neurons present. If you like someone instinctively, there’s usually a good reason. Obviously you need to allow for a bit of nervousness, but if you still don’t feel anything click through the interview then trust your instinct and find somebody else.
Be Clear About The Job Description
A lot of busy bosses use standard job definitions, but you should definitely customise the job description to fit the style of the organisation. Perhaps you need an excellent writer for your blogs, or someone who can create attractive storyboards. Think about what is most important to you above all and be clear on this. You could even use a recruitment agency to help you, like Aim Hire Recruitment ITSM.
Introduce a New Employee Formally and Informally
The introduction of your new employee should make them feel important. All change is a little threatening to staff, and people who work in a certain setting will naturally compare this new person to themselves. Explain the new employee’s role in your company, with formal person to person introductions with everyone at their level in the business, and anyone they will have to report to.
Awesome staff isn’t easy to come by, but by following this bible to the letter, you can be sure to find someone who fits in perfectly with your organisation. Good luck!