5 Great Tips for Hiring New Employees

By Elliott Kuhn , last updated November 12, 2011

The responsibility of hiring a new employee can be a strenuous and daunting task. You want to make sure that you’re hiring the right person for the right job. But how can you be sure that the person you’re interviewing for the available position is qualified enough? Will they fit in with their coworkers and do the job to the best of their ability? There are some simple things that you can do to ensure that you’re hiring the best people for the job. This article will be your introductory guide to hiring new employees.

One mistake that many interviewers make is to assess a person’s skills poorly. It may be tempting to hire a person with similar skills as you (as that is what you know). But it is important to keep in mind that they are there to be a part of a team. Too many overlapping roles and skills will result in gaps within your company’s overall team. You want to make sure that the skills the applicant brings to the table are both appropriate for the position that he’s applying for, and that they are unique among your current employees. Skill diversity is important to maintaining a healthy business.

Running a profitable business is all about efficiency. You should strive for efficiency in everything you do in your business. For this reason, it’s better to direct potential applicants to your website for career information than to read it off to them, or to provide them with physical applications. This way you are able to collect their data in an efficient manner, and you are able to assess their qualifications at your leisure. You’ll save both time and money by utilizing your website.

If you are having difficulty securing employees for a vacant position, you may consider offering a signing bonus. This is a great incentive for people to apply, as they are offered an immediate reward for working with you. It also improves their opinion of the company immediately and allows for higher morale in the long run. If you have the money for an upfront bonus, it can be quite effective.

In a similar vein to the utilization of your website, make sure that you establish a separate phone number where potential employees may reach you. This makes it so you can focus on your work and get to the applicants at your leisure. When you schedule time for specific tasks, you don’t have to waste time juggling two jobs at once which becomes quite inefficient.

Adopt a scientific approach to the application process. Structure the interviews and applications so every potential employee is asked the same questions. This will allow you easily asses their strengths and weaknesses as they are all on a level playing field. This goes a long way in determining whether an applicant is the best person for the job. It’s okay to break off a bit during interviews and ask questions that you think might be pertinent, but the basic structure should stay the same through all of them.

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