September 4 2019 - Hiring employees is a big step for any business and no matter whether you are choosing
your first hire or you've done this many times before, finding the right person is essential. It costs a lot to hunt for
employees, and it would cost even more if you found you had hired someone who just wasn’t suitable for the job. Here are some
things to consider when you are hiring to ensure you get the right people into the right positions, saving you time and money
and moving your business forward too.
Know What You're Looking For
Before you can possibly hire any
staff, you need to know what your business needs in terms of employees, and
what skills and attributes you are looking for. If you don't know this, even if you do know what role you need to be filled,
it will be much harder than it needs to be to find the right person.
This can, of course, be a difficult thing to determine; your business is unique and will need a variety of
different talents within it. If you’re unsure, it's always wise to speak to the professionals
at Hunter Adams HR who can work
with you to determine what it is you are looking for, and most importantly, who you are looking for.
When you know what you are looking for, you can be more sure of finding the right person when it comes to
reading through resumes and conducting interviews.
Although it may cost less to advertise in just one or two places, this will give you a limited pool to choose
from when it comes to candidates. It is far better to advertise widely, across lots of different media, and in many different
places as this way you stand more chance of the right people seeing your ad.
This does not have to cost you a lot of money. In some cases, such as when using social media, it can be done
for free, and in order to get your message spread wide, you can use hashtags so that it gets
noticed. Regarding the ad itself,
it should be both engaging and informative. The more interesting the ad, the more likely people are to share it and let their
friends (who could be exactly who you are looking for) know. The more informative, the more chance of the right people
Reading a resume is going to be the first step, and, once you have narrowed down your
shortlist, conducting interviews will be the next. However, depending on the role you are hiring for, this might not be enough, and this is
especially true if you are hiring for a technical role that requires specialist knowledge.
This is why asking employees to take a test or carry out an assessment so you can see where their skills really
lie and how much they know when it comes to carrying out the job at hand is important. You wouldn't want to hire someone
because they interviewed well only to discover that they didn't really know what to do.