Owners of small and medium-sized businesses will be the first to tell you how horrible the consequences of making a bad hire are. After all, the hiring process itself can be trying, but it not nearly as stressful as the monetary and reputational issues that come with choosing the wrong candidate during the hiring process. If you want to make sure you are going to end up hiring someone that not only will be successful at the tasks they are assigned on a daily basis, but that also will not require a ton of hand-holding from the get-go, it’s important that you following the hiring tips below.
Write in-depth job descriptions.
If you want to find the perfect candidate, you have to know what that type of person would look like. Plain and simple, your job description should list the qualities that the ideal employee would have in order to successfully fill the open position. This means that you need to put some serious time into writing a job description before you ever begin looking for someone to hire. Try thinking about what skills the person you want to hire would ideally need to have to even be able to qualify for the position. Then think about what they would need to supply to your company in addition to their technical abilities. This is a good starting point for a job description that will render the quality of candidates you are looking to find.
Embrace social media.
One of the best ways to get the word out about your open position is to utilize social media platforms. People want to work for companies that embrace technology so listing job openings online is the first indication that you are, indeed, one of these companies. You are also likely to get a significantly larger number of applicants when you use online opportunities like Facebook and Twitter, as well as job listing sites.
Make sure they are a culture fit.
A candidate can be extremely qualified but unless you know they will get along with other members of your staff, it’s probably not the best idea to hire them. After all, clashing personalities can lead to hostility in the workplace, something that no boss wants to have to deal with. Ideally your office will be harmonious as often as possible. This is why it is imperative that you know that a potential hire is a culture fit.
Ask the right questions.
Job interviews tend to fly by at a much faster rate than you would think. That is why you need to have the right questions to ask a candidate beforehand. This means finding out the answers to important questions like ‘Why did you leave your last job?’ and ‘What is your biggest weakness?’ are so commonly used in interviews. It’s a great way to evaluate not only the person’s skills but also their personality and attitude.
Gain more leadership skills.
If you feel uneasy about hiring, it may be beneficial to you to gain a bit more comfort in the leadership arena. At the Professional Development Center of Glendale Community College in Montrose, we offer leadership courses that can make you feel much more confident as you run your business. Contact us today and learn more about how we can help you to become to boss you know you were destined to be.