By Alison Flangel

The people we surround ourselves with can either bring us up or drag us down – this goes for employees too! As a small business owner it is important to be selective as you are hiring staff, as these are the people you are trusting to help run your business. Here are some tips on what to look for when hiring your own employees …

  • It is essential to clearly define your job descriptions before you even look for individuals to hire. Things to include are:duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and the work environment of a particular role. If the job description is true to your expectations, it will be much easier to find someone who is fit for the job.
  • Creating a checklist can be an effective way to narrow down the hiring process. A checklist can include the aspects of a new hire that you feel are essential for decision making. A checklist for hiring employees also keeps your efforts on track by communication progress to interested employees.
  • The search for new employees can involve a lot of resumes, cover letters, and applications. It is important to closely analyze all materials in order to make an informed decision regarding new hires. Consider screening all applicants against a list of qualifications, skills, and characteristics.
  • When you ultimately get to the interview stage of the hiring process, as a business owner you are responsible for asking the right job interview questions. The questions that you ask individuals during an interview are critical in helping you to hire the right employee. Questions you ask should target an individual’s character, experience, and
  • While the line between business and personal life can sometimes be thin, it is important to check backgrounds and references when hiring new employees. As a business owner, you need to ensure that employees’ previous experiences and credentials are legitimate and verified. Background checks should include work references, criminal history, etc…