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Reliable. Hard-working. Trustworthy. Forward-thinking. These are some of the many qualities of the best employees at any small business. If you own a business, you only want outstanding workers on your payroll because they are the ones who will make the most significant impact. They have a strong work ethic and find it personally and professionally rewarding to help your business succeed.
In addition, they are completely bought into your corporate culture and are pleasant to have as colleagues. Finding workers with these positive attributes can be difficult, not to mention time-consuming. Nevertheless, Balboa Capital has hired some remarkable talent over the years. This blog post has real-world tips on hiring the best employees for your small business. We hope these tips will prove to be helpful in your recruiting efforts.
Write good job descriptions.
Before posting a job opening online, take the time to write a detailed description of the position. For example, write an introductory paragraph of the role and include a list of essential qualifications and job responsibilities. Doing this will ensure that you attract suitable job candidates.
Your preferred applicants will be the ones who have a record of accomplishment or success and understand your business. For example, if you own a cloud software business that needs a new salesperson, the best sales representatives are those involved in some facet of sales or marketing, preferably in the software industry.
Advertise your job openings.
Once you have finished writing your job description, it is time to advertise the position. Today, the preferred method is to post job openings on the leading employment websites. Online job sites help you reach a large number of qualified candidates. You should also post your job opportunities on your website, Glassdoor® business page, and LinkedIn™ page.
Screen applicants to find the best employees.
You know your business better than anyone, so it should not be difficult to sort through the resumes you receive to determine the best job candidates. Even though you are busy running your small business, you need to allocate time to hire the best employees.
Although it will take time away from your daily responsibilities, it will only benefit you in the future. Therefore, once you have received a few weeks’ worth of resumes, list your favorite candidates based on their experience and a short telephone conversation.
Schedule job interviews.
The final step is to schedule personal interviews. At the start of the interview process, spend a few minutes explaining your business and its needs, and then ask the candidate why they want the job. There are no set rules for interviewing prospective employees, but keeping it conversational and structured is good. Do not go off on a tangent talking about something unrelated to your small business or the job position. Doing this wastes time and does not help determine if the candidate fits your business.
Once you have interviewed prospective workers, look at your notes to see which candidates are a good fit for your small business. Hopefully, you will hire the best employees who will add value to your organization.
Balboa Capital, a Division of Ameris Bank, is not affiliated with nor endorses Glassdoor or LinkedIn. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.