It is very tempting to hire the first person who walks in your door. You need someone right now. Why not take the first warm body that walks in? Well, even though it might mean short-term discomfort, hiring the right employee can save you time in the long run. You can avoid recurring recruiting costs, frustrating employee issues, low morale, poor customer service and quality issues. It’s much better to get it right the first time! Your employees are the face of your company and can help move your company to the next level. Why not put as much time into the hiring process that you would for a financial investment? This investment could be even more impactful to your business!
First, take a look at what your company needs.
- What kind of culture do you have or are trying to have? What characteristics would an employee need in order to perpetuate that culture?
- What areas are you strong in?
- Where are your weaknesses? Find the areas of growth potential and focus on finding someone who will fill the gaps and add strength to those areas.
- Create a job description – take a look at the job responsibilities. What characteristics are needed to excel in this position?
Once you have looked at each of those areas, determine which of these qualities are non-negotiable. Which are bonus qualities? This information will help you craft interview questions that reflect the qualities you are seeking. Also, determine what knowledge, skills and abilities are required to perform well in this position; and what level education and experience would help this person succeed.
Finally, determine fair compensation for the work you need performed as well as the requirements imposed on the applicant.
In an upcoming article we will explore how to proceed with the interview process based on your detailed analysis.