June 26, 2019 | By Mason Roberts
Being a small business owner is tough. Your business can grow in numbers, without you realizing it. In no time, you will realize that you can’t handle all of the workloads you have taken on, much like you hoped. You may even go into work each day, with more tasks than the day before. Everything seems to be doubling or tripling in size. Now is the time to assemble a team, and delegate tasks to others. Building your perfect team may sound easy, but it is a bit more difficult than you may think. Those interviewing for the job may have other, unhonorable intentions then they let on. Many business owners rush to hire an employee and get blinded by their desperate need for help. There can be many misconceptions in situations like this, getting caught up in the act of the person in need of a job.
Hiring a great employee is important, just as building a team of them is. Choosing the right people for your staff is something that is extremely vital, so should be taken seriously. Building a business from the ground up is not easy. It will take hard work, and endless days. If you become busy enough where you really need help, that is a good thing. Give yourself the credit you deserve and take the time you need to have the perfect team behind you, supporting you. The process of this should be extremely thorough. Think of every single step as something of major importance. Be choosy when it comes to picking through a bunch of people. There is a ton of work to give to each member of your staff, so make sure they are truly capable of completing it in perfect fashion. The employees chosen to join your team should be as hardworking and dedicated to your business as you are.
Here are some helpful tips in making sure the right employee hire happens.
Set High Expectations And Spell Them Out
You may be having a great interview with a person who seems to be a perfect fit. This is great for your business, in many ways. Now is the time where you should spell out the expectations for each person in your business. Responsibilities are something each employee will have, even if none are the same. As the boss, it is your duty to let each potential employee know what they will have to do. If you do not explain everything thoroughly and the person does not complete each task to what you expected of them, it is likely your fault. So, you have had a great interview with a person. Now, make sure you are a great interviewer. Let them know what is expected of them, and to what extent. They should know all day-to-day tasks, as well as where they should be going in the future. If the person decides to take the job, you should be confident in the fact that they will put in a lot of hard work into your business.
Ask About Work Experiences
Getting to know the potential employee for your business is undeniably important. In the time you have in a first interview, ask the hard questions. Get to know them on a business level, ask them about their past experiences and their hardships in those jobs. What went wrong? What went right? Why did they leave? Learning about a person's work experiences will let you know what type of person you are bringing into your business, and onto your team. Form the details of the story, and the way they tell it, their mannerisms, you can truly tell what kind of employee they were in this type of business. Also, you are able to detect if they learned from their mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes every day, especially in their first jobs. The important thing is that the person learned from it, and can bring what they have learned into your establishment.
Now, Know Them On A Personal Level
You know them on a professional level. This is great. Now, hold a second interview. Get to know them on a more personal level. Their likes, their dislikes, their strengths, and weaknesses. There are countless traits to a person. Determine which ones are most important in the job qualifications and see if the potential employees are strong. Make sure the person’s traits match those that you desire for your business. The more you get to know a person, the better you can determine if they are a good fit. This will make for a better training process.
Include Those You Trust
As a business owner, it may seem you have endless tasks on your plate. You will likely be in chaos quite often. You are the head of the business, meaning more to be done by you. You will be stressed, so take the interview process off your mind. The interview process is very lengthy, so bring in those you trust to help you out. Let another voice of reason in. This person can be anyone from friends, to family, to business associates. It should be someone who wants good things for you, no matter what. Ask them for their opinion and take it into consideration. You can even let them sit in on an interview and see how they act around them. Be observant, and take advice wisely.
Don’t Settle For Less
The process in interviewing for a business can be stressful, but that does not mean to half it. Take everything into consideration and pick the right employees for your business. Take someone under your wing who is dedicated to making your business better, and just wants to progress with it. Do not compromise on the big picture stuff. Make sure all of your important details are met, and that you mesh well with the chosen employee. Your employees are the backbone of your business, so make sure they are a great fit.