5 Tips on Hiring the Right People for Your Startup

startup hiringHiring the best people for your new small business is important; thus, you need to know how to carefully select your staff for you and your company’s benefit. But how can you be sure that you’ll end up with those who are fit for the job? What factors should they have that will match your goals?

These questions can be tough to answer especially if you’re just starting. So we’ve come up with a quick list of ideas that can help you. Check out these five easy-to-do tips that will guide you on hiring the ideal staff for your business.

1. Determine what job vacancies to fill.

You’re just about to open your business or have recently started business, so what help do you need? Define the job positions that you need most and know the responsibilities and skills that are necessary for each one; this is critical for finding the best fit for each position. These will set the limits and guidelines that applicants will consider and make it easier when screening those who are not fit for the job.

2. Take time in reading the resumes.

Avoid rushing the hiring process. Without an HR department in place, you’ll need to take a few hours from your schedule and read every resume that you received. This can help you weed out those whom you think can’t handle the duties. On the other hand, you’ll be able to spot qualified applicants, instead of rushing over them between meetings.

3. Check out the candidates’ online profiles.

Printed resumes are not the only piece of when choosing a candidate. You might want to check out their professional profiles online too. Scan relevant information their accounts on LinkedIn or XING if these are available. However, be careful to turn to personal sites such as Facebook. From bias to having the right policies in place, there are a number of risks.

Learn more about social recruiting here.

4. Explain what the applicant must expect.

Since you have just started a small business, you may require your applicants to wear a variety of hats; it’s important that is made clear. This not only ensures you are choosing the right candidate, but you may notice who is excited about the business in general; who is willing to throw themselves into the well-being of your company.

5. Give what is right for the job.

Even as a small business, you shouldn’t sacrifice the compensation of your staff. If your offer will be as equal (if not greater) than what the job requires, then you’ll find the right people. To make the right decision here, be sure to check with best practices for your industry, size, etc.

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Bio: Roxanne is a creative writer from PrintRunner, your friendly brochure printing company that offers small businesses innovative marketing tools in new and exciting ways.

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4 Responses to 5 Tips on Hiring the Right People for Your Startup

  1. Bill Cross says:

    Once a likely candidate has been identified, you may want to consider using the services of a background check provider before extending an employment offer.

  2. Roxanne says:

    I agree. Thank you for sharing your insights. It’s also important to check out the details about the applicant. This will save you from getting a person that cannot be trusted for the job.

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