When you’ve got hundreds of applicants, one position, and a unique combination of personality traits and skills you’re looking for, finding and hiring the right person can feel like an uphill battle. If your small business has an opening and you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best, keep reading. These five tips can help ensure that your small business hires the right people every time.
Are your job ads clearly conveying the full picture to job seekers? In a perfect world, candidates should have a solid understanding of what working for your company is like once they’ve read the job description. Your ideal hire should find your job description and immediately say, “This is exactly what I’m looking for.”With small businesses, it’s not unusual for the responsibilities of different roles to involve more overlap and change than in most corporate jobs. If your candidates know what they’re walking into, assimilating them into your company becomes much easier.
Tip the odds of finding the right hire by improving the quality of your candidate pool. Professional organizations, conferences, job fairs, websites, and even Facebook groups are resources at your disposal that can improve your job search dramatically. You might be surprised at who or what you’ll find.
The best candidate is someone who’s excited about your business and what it can do in your industry, rather than somebody who’s just looking for any job to cash a check every other week. Excited employees are typically more productive and passionate than their apathetic counterparts. If you can learn the intentions of your candidates, you’ll be halfway to finding your ideal hire.
New employees want to feel like they’re working for a company that’s looking to the future. Being on top of the latest digital trends makes your company more attractive to prospective employees. Embracing social media also gives you another glimpse into your candidate. You can tell a lot about someone from what they say in their downtime on platforms like Twitter or Instagram.
Just because someone has an extensive work history and credentials, they may not be a good fit for your business. Even a small business has its own unique culture and approach to doing things. Fit and personality are often almost as important to the job selection process as skill and ability. At the end of the day, only you know what your dream candidate looks like. By establishing clarity about your opening, finding out where people with your desired skill set are located, looking for candidates who are passionate about your company, utilising social media, and evaluate cultural fit, you’ll be well on your way to finding your ideal hire.
Anthony Goodwin is a founder, entrepreneur, consultant, data scientist and coach with 25+ years of experience in business management, recruitment, and human resources. He holds a bachelor of business management – human resource management and postgraduate qualifications in data science.