Thu 14 Feb 2008
For your small business to run successfully, it is important that you have the right combination of employees to run the show.
Hiring the wrong employees is enough to sink the ship — but hiring the right ones will definitely mean more profits.
Match each employee to the job profile: Make sure that the employees you plan to hire have the necessary skills to do justice to the job that you are hiring them for.
Each employee should have the skill and the will to contribute positively to your business. But good employees don't come cheap, and you'll have to offer good salaries to get the right ones.
Know the details: Note the employee's social security number, get a copy of their driver's license and check whether they have the necessary work permit.
Make sure you know everything you need to about the employee's previous work history.
Contact previous employers: These days, doing your homework on potential employees is crucial. Cross-check their work history by contacting his or her previous employers, and be sure to get references.
This will determine whether they are honest; and you will also find out about their work habits and if they are efficient and knowledgeable in their job.
Try them out first: If possible, tell prospective employees that you would like to try them out for a month or two on a contract basis. That way, you will both be able to find out if you are compatible with each other.
Tune in: At the time of the interview, try to gauge their thinking process by asking difficult and situational-related questions. It is not only important for them to know the answers, but they should also have good reflexes and be able to think on their feet in tight situations.
Create mock situations and ask them what action they would take to solve the problem.
Hiring efficient employees who are assets for your small business is crucial. By following the tips above, you're sure to hire the right ones.