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Tips for Hiring for Small Business Owners

The right employees can change your entire experience as a business owner, and take your business to heights you never imagined. Plan ahead and taking care of your employees so you can find candidates who can help your business thrive.

If you do it right, hiring employees for your small business can open up a range of possibilities for your business. You’ll be able to grow your revenue, take your company in new directions, and maybe even enjoy your work more than ever.

Interview Flexibility is Key

The first step is to have flexible interview timeframes for candidates. With so many companies hiring, you don’t want to lose a great candidate simply because you couldn’t conduct the interview in a timely fashion.

To maximize your chances of getting the top players, reach out to applicants within 48 hours of receiving their resumes and schedule an interview within 72 hours.

Allow Time for the Candidate Questions

During an interview it is easy to get caught up asking the candidate so many questions that you end up running out of time before the candidate has time to voice any of the questions they might have about the company/position.

This is also a great time to throw in some interesting facts or “hooks” about the role that will entice the candidate to want the position even more. For instance, let them know that you offer a quarterly bonus, just unveiled great new software, etc.

Think hard about your needs

Writing a job description is one of the most critical phases of the hiring process. It’s your chance to dig deep and think about what you and your business actually need before you put it to paper. Spend some time examining your own strengths and weaknesses, and figuring out where and how someone else will be able to fill in the gaps.

Imagine what the person’s day would look like, and how their position will change your workload. For instance, it may turn out that hiring an independent contractor could be a solution for certain tasks, which would allow you to outsource projects periodically.

Write enticing and inclusive job descriptions.

Whether you’re recruiting or hiring, you’ll need to write enticing job descriptions to attract a wide pool of impressive candidates (even candidates who are recruited are often still required to complete an application prior to an interview).

Professional job descriptions that represent your brand and highlight why working for your company is so appealing will make your applicants excited about the prospect of joining your team.

Know what you have to offer

If you can’t afford to pay the highest salaries on the market, think about other ways you can attract the best employees. If you’re a small business, you may be able to offer better learning opportunities or flexibility than a large firm.

Maybe you’re located conveniently to a neighborhood without a lot of other employment options, which could make employment with you that much more convenient, and strengthen your roots within your local community. Think about your advantages and recruit accordingly.

 

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