When you work in a multimillion dollar conglomerate, there is nothing easier than finding right employees. You can set up requirements ridiculously high, promise an astronomical wage to lure people in and finally, have someone else do all of this for you. Later on, if some of them turn out to be inefficient, you can just replace them. However, when it comes to small businesses, things are much more complicated. First of all, you cannot afford to be picky, but you also cannot afford to hire just about anyone. Additionally, if you make the wrong choice, it is bound to resound much louder. Because of all this, here are some things you should know about choosing the right people to hire for your small business.
People with Different Skills
Some people believe that an ideal team means having your best employee copy-and-pasted several times over, but this is as far from truth as it gets. What use is there of having several people, all well versed in a single task that requires one person to do it. So, you should look for employees with strengths which can complement the shortcomings of others. To put is simply you need people who are essentially different for your team. Each team needs the leader, the task master and of course the doubter (they will be first to spot a potential problem). This way, a skillful manager can place them all on appropriate tasks and make their work more effective.
People Who Keep Up
A lot of things have changed over the last several decades. Training your employees in the 70s or 80s was not as difficult as it is today, because the nature of the very business changed at a slower pace. Today, there are so many things to be familiar with like website upkeep, network marketing and integration of online payment services, so it will be nearly impossible for you to debrief your employees about all of this. What you need is someone who can keep run on their own. Preferably someone with a sound background or previous knowledge about these things, but most important of all a person who isn’t afraid to self-improve. In the era of internet all information is already out there and you just need to find a person willing to look for them.
During the interview, each and every one of your potential employees is going to try to impress you and they will try to do so in two ways. First one is by acting to be better than they actually are and amplifying their performance (which will not necessarily be bad) with a lot of big words. As an employer, you will have to learn how to see through them. Second way in which they will try to crawl under your skin is by never contradicting you. Needless to say these kind of people you need to learn how to avoid because honesty is the cement of every successful business relationship. Respect is one thing, but do you really need someone who won’t come out with a problem because of the fear to confront you?
As you can see, these three traits are all quite straightforward and easy to identify even by the absolute layman in the hiring game. Choosing the right people for your team may be hard, but it is not nearly the hardest task you will have to accomplish on your way to success. Look for different things in people applying for different positions. Search for independent people willing to self-upgrade. Last, but not the least important, learn to value honesty (even if it on occasion may sting).