It’s not advisable to rush ahead and hire without any pre-planning just because your business can afford it. Employee acquisition is expensive; there are infrastructure, payroll, taxes, training and employee maintenance to be considered. Assess your business situation and determine if an employee would really add value to your business.
If you feel it’s the right time for hiring, start saving to compensate future costs. Saving on a year’s expenses beforehand can help you get through any potential rough times while hiring, says Joanna L. Krotz on Microsoft.com.
Prepare an Employee Requirement Chart
Write down the areas where you need help and the tasks you want the new role to perform. Determine the qualification for the role and the degree of performance you expect from a prospective employee.
Focus More on Attitude
While skills are important and even crucial for certain job roles, a good attitude is more important. It is easy to train people with a positive attitude for the requisite skills. Look for positive qualities such as inquisitiveness, smartness and a broad outlook, in candidates; such people are more likely to get the job done.
Crosscheck Candidates with References without Fail
Request for a minimum of three references from prospective employees – two professional references and a personal reference to know the type of person the candidate is. Use professional references to obtain work-related information such as his or her expertise, experience, work ethics and other details as mentioned in the resume or during interview.
Refrain from questions on religion, nationality, relationship status, age and on any form of physical or mental disability, recommends Entrepreneur.com.
If you are in an industry where they might have a online presence then also check them out on LinkedIn or Facebook to get a feel for what they are like as professionals and people.
Prepare for a Reasonable Remuneration
It’s unfair to expect employees to work overtime with low pay just the way entrepreneurs do. Adhere to wage norms as required by the laws of your state, and set a fair amount according t market standards, as employee remuneration. This will also enable to to keep good staff. Give them a happy work environment with a good pay and they are more likely to stay and bring better results for your business.
Decide after Probation
Set a specific time period before inducting the candidate. This duration gives insights into the candidate and his/ her skills, and essential areas of improvement. You can hire after this duration only if you’re satisfied with the candidate.