The Most Effective Steps to Take When Hiring for a Small Business

As someone who runs a small business, you know how important it is for you to be confident in the ability of your staff to not only show up to work each day, but also be committed to remaining in their positions for the long term. Labour market trends suggest that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people looking for employment every day. This should imply that finding candidates to fill open roles is easy, right? It’s not – there is much more involved in effective hiring than throwing up a job ad and waiting for the best candidate to come knocking.  

Whether you’re new to running a business, or you’ve been hiring staff for a while, the results are the same – the people you hire have a direct impact on the overall success of your organization. This is why it is crucial that you onboard the right employees from the beginning.

The Key to Small Business Hiring

We believe that you should approach hiring in a concise and carefully thought out manner. To help, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best steps that our clients and our leading recruitment consultants take when creating top performing teams.

  1. Create your ‘ideal candidate’ persona:  If you want to hire the ‘best-of-the-best’, you need to first determine what that is. What does it take to be a successful employee in your organization? What personality traits do you top employees share? You aren’t going to get the type of results you want if you hire people that barely fit the skills and qualifications you are looking for. Knowing what exactly it is that you need will help you to separate ‘mediocre’ from ‘great.’
  2. Look for new employees from a trusted source: Some of the most loyal employees come recommended by close networks. Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn have made it easier for hiring managers to reach out to their peer networks for personal referrals and more.  
  3. Consider an internal referral bonus: It isn’t uncommon for current employees to know at least one person who may be looking for work in your field. In addition, they aren’t likely to recommend someone who could make them look bad in the eyes of their employer. If you implement a referral bonus to incentivize staff for referring workers to you, you are likely to end up with happier staff members and new hires that mimic some of the qualities of your top employees.
  4. Make the job inviting: Once you’ve become aware of an open job that needs to be filled, you will need to write job description that grabs the attention of the type of job seeker you are looking to attract. Understanding how to do that will make a world of difference, take a minute to think about what exactly it is that your ideal candidate is looking for and what about the position appeals most to them.
  5. Know what you are looking for, but don’t be afraid to change things up on the fly: Yes, you need to know what exactly it is you are looking for in your next hire, but don’t be so specific that you are limiting yourself. Having a clear picture about the type of talent you need is excellent, but you should also understand that the right candidate can be trained into a role. The key is to understand what is paramount to your business in terms of employee personality and fit and to work from there.

Or You Could Trust the Experts

Even if you do follow the advice above, it’s likely that hiring isn’t your primary area of expertise and that there are other aspects of operating the business that should be your focus. With everything else that comes from running and growing a business, identifying and hiring the best employees for your organization can become a bit of a chore! We can work with you to develop a hiring strategy that gets results. For strategic staffing advice and more, contact your local People Store branch today.  

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