Monday, August 8, 2011

10 Steps for a Successful Hire

As a small business, hiring the right employees can truly impact your business for both the good and the bad.  The goal in hiring is to obviously hire the RIGHT person the FIRST time; finding an employee that has the skill level and experience is the easy part.  Hiring an employee that will impact your bottom line in a positive manner and ultimately embraces your business is a different story.  By following these 10 easy steps, you will increase your probability in hiring the right skills with t he dedication ideally needed to help grow your business:

1.       Create a detailed job description; outlining specific skills needed to perform the job
2.       Research the pay rate for the position based on industry standards, as well as your budget to pay for the position – modify if needed
3.       Develop and implement a candidate score card to easily, in a unbiased manner, compare candidate qualifications
4.       Identify up to 5 qualified candidates to conduct an in-depth phone interview
5.       Select up to 3 candidates from your phone interview to conduct an in-person interview
6.       Give the selected 3 candidates homework assignments to be prepared for the in-person interview
7.       During in-person interview; schedule time for candidate to meet / interview directly with the person they will be directly reporting to
8.       Conduct thorough references; verify employment, speak to co-workers, speak with supervisors (if possible), verify letters of recommendation, etc
9.       Utilize candidate score card to identify top 2 candidates, make informal offer to both candidates
10.   Determine final candidate and make formal, detailed offer in writing and in person

Hiring the right employees is one of the most important decisions you will make as a business owner. For more details, attend a free workshop at the SBDC the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at 1823 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054, 760-795-8740. Pre-registration is recommended:  http://sandiegosmallbiz.com/calendarNewOriginal.html

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of the community by helping small businesses and entrepreneurs build a foundation for SUCCESS!  The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as the Chancellor’s Office and Economic Workforce and Development Partnership.  Hosted by Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA.

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