October 22, 2018 By SmartBiz Team

As a business owner, you know that a big part of your success rides on your employees and their performance. Therefore, it is critical to hire competent staff members that are in it for the long haul and stay committed and motivated. It all starts with that first interview.


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Know What You Need and Craft the Perfect Job Ad

Before you can hire that perfect employee, you must know precisely what you are looking for. Not only should you review the tasks this person will be doing but also the behaviors and traits you want them to have to excel in the position. Once you know that, put it all down in an detailed ad so only those who understand the expectations will apply.

When to Use an NDA

Even if you don’t have state secrets to guard, it is often a good idea to use a non-disclosure agreement to protect your proprietary information in your hiring process, your clients and their sensitive data. There are NDA templates online you can find and customize to use when hiring new people. If someone refuses to sign, it might be better to pass on that candidate. For a deeper dive into contracts you might need in place when hiring, review this article from the SmartBiz blog: Top Five Contracts Small Businesses Should Have in Place

Check the Hiring Laws and Be Sure to Comply

Each state has specific laws regarding employment, and you will want to review those thoroughly so you don’t make any missteps that could cost you a lawsuit. You can visit your state government website for compliance information and posters to put up around your workplace.

Don’t Overlook Background Checks

Employment background checks have become a staple of the hiring process in the U.S. Not only does it provide the candidate’s employment history but also things like their driving record, criminal history, lawsuits, marriages and divorces and much more. A background check can offer you peace of mind, so you know who you are hiring before offering up that contract. Always be sure to get the interviewee’s consent before running a background check.



Personality Tests Do Work

Myers Briggs tests are great for matching the best people with the right jobs. Companies are using these types of personality tests rigorously to evaluate behavioral traits and marry them with roles that benefit the company and the individual.

Design a Killer Interview

You should worry more about your interview than your potential employee. Structure a formal interview and ask thoughtful questions that demand more than yes or no answers. Dig deep and try to get to know your interviewee. Don’t ignore your gut, if you have a good or bad feeling about them just go with it.

Decide What You Can Pay and Make an Offer

Before writing that perfect job ad, decide how much you are willing to pay for the position. Factor in all the benefits that come with the job and offer up a full package to attract the best, most qualified individual for your needs. Now it’s time to make them an offer!

Not sure if you need a full time or contract employee? Review this article from the SmartBiz Small Business Blog: Hiring Help: Do You Need an Employee or Independent Contractor?


About the Author

Emily Andrews is the marketing communications specialist. Communications specialist by day and community volunteer at night, she believes in compassion and defending the defenseless.