Hiring the Right Person

From the Houston Chronical comes some good information on hiring the right person for your business.  Writer Jacqueline Taylor offers the following seven tips:

  • If you don’t have a job description for the position, write one.
  • Choose the right venue to place your ad.  The newspaper classifieds might not be the best choice.
  • Screen out applicants who don’t immediately strike you as right for the job.  Look at how many jobs the person has had, experience in a small business, promotions, and length of time on the job.
  • Prepare for the interview.  Have questions for the candidate.
  • Consider a team approach,
  • Don’t overlook the possibility of using some kind of testing instrument.
  • Always check references.

Here’s a tip from MYOB.  If you find someone you like, they may have more than one job offer.  It’s unlikely that you will be able to match the pay and benefits of a larger company.  Be prepared to sell the benefits of working for you.  A large company can’t offer the flexibility of a smaller business.  You will most likely offer an applicant a more rounded experience, working in all aspects of the business where a larger firm might pigeon-hole the person in a single department.  What else can you offer?  Greater responsibility?  Better hours?  More pleasant working conditions?  Think about it before hand and be prepared to sell your opportunity to the person you’ve selected.  Good luck!

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