Once you’ve established a business one of the many challenges you will face is finding the right people to join you. This can be an arduous and timely task, but one that should not be rushed or sidelined. The people you choose to join your business will not only play a part in building your dream, but also represent the brand you will develop and ultimately affect your relationship with key stakeholders including customers, suppliers and other team members.
Before deciding it’s time to hire someone you need to reflect on your business and what is required to continue growing successfully. Review your processes and systems and determine if there is actually a need for another employee, in doing so you can save the time and costs associated with hiring and training staff that may not be required.
The 6 steps of the Hiring Process:
- Identify the vacancy – is there a gap within the business? Is the salesperson struggling to keep up? Maybe it’s time to hire a receptionist.
- Develop a job description – create a job description that will detail the tasks and responsibilities of the employee, this will help improve the quality of candidates applying and provide both parties with an understanding of what is to be expected.
- Advertise the position – have the job advertised on as many suitable platforms as possible, this includes job search platforms, social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook and even a sign in the door.
- Evaluate job applicants – as applications begin to arrive you will need to evaluate each candidate based on the information supplied. Create a shortlist of ideal candidates and contact them for an interview.
- Interview candidates – begin interviewing shortlisted candidates, keep in mind interviews can be highly intimidating for applicants. Try not to focus purely on the job, ask about the individual to determine if they will be a good fit for the business itself. You may choose to interview candidates multiple times, this is perfectly fine.
- Select the best choice – after the interviews, it is time to select the best candidate for the position. If you don’t believe you’ve found the right person, begin the process again, you will be better off waiting than hiring an individual who is not right for the job.
Our key tips on hiring the right people:
- Qualifications are not everything – don’t make the mistake of assuming an individual is the perfect fit for a position simply because they are qualified. While qualifications are extremely important and should be a prerequisite, you should take the time in interviews to learn about the individual and gain an idea of who they are as a person.
- Look for individuals you believe have the potential to manage or run the business in the future – setting such high standards will assist you in hiring individuals that are perfectly suited to you, your business and your vision. Search for driven candidates who are eager to develop a career and grow rather than those seeking to simply fill a role.
- Look for the right personality – find individuals with personalities that will complement your current team and business. That is not to say all team members should have the same personality type, we simply advise you to find individuals who will work well with your team.
- Values – find candidates who have the same values as your business. Values such as integrity and passion will impact the way an employee performs their role. Values such as family and environment will impact the way an employee fits within the business.
“If you can keep a constant stream of strong candidates flowing into every position from the
moment you launch your business, promotion from within may be a great solution.” – Richard Branson
As a business owner it is your responsibility to develop an appropriate corporate culture for your business. Keep in mind your choices can sometimes implicate the productivity of your staff. Remember to be compassionate when considering the corporate culture of your business, think of what you liked as an employee or take on your team’s opinion. In doing so your employees will be grateful and may in fact work a lot harder for you when they know you care.
Hotondo Homes’ builders have the ability to hire and manage their own team. As independent business owners, they choose how their company will operate and have the ability to seek guidance from a strong support system. Our Franchise Sales Managers support business owners throughout the hiring process and offer advice throughout the life of the business.