Hiring is one of the most important management skills you’ll possess as an entrepreneur. Employees are the lifeblood of any business. They determine the degree of success the organisation will achieve, or spell ruin for its future. How do you hire the best talent in your business?
Do your research, and use professional networks online.
Talented people in your industry will have achieved sufficient credentials. You can get insight into potential employees through professional networks online, such as LinkedIn. Some candidates may have also done work for other people in your network. It’s worth exploring those connections as references.
Determine which jobs are seasonal — and outsource accordingly.
More than half of small to medium sized businesses in New Zealand are outsourcing some of their processes. It’s a cost-effective strategy because it relieves the organisation of filling posts requiring high levels of credential.
You can do the same. Focus on outsourcing for seasonal processes, such as your company’s tax. You may not require a full-time accountant to manage this need, so outsourcing services in tax accounting will ensure compliance without the heavy costs.
Focus on candidates with personalities that echo your business values.
Employees who share your passion for the business become valuable ‘partners’ in the company. They do not just work for a living; they work for the success of the business.
Use behavioural questions to develop a cohesive team.
Is the candidate a cultural fit for your startup or small business? You’ll know the answer when your questions speak to the candidate’s behaviour. Behavioural questions help you choose the right employees who will make up a cohesive team — and create an ideal work environment.
Building a new business is not always easy. But with the right talents driving your organisation forward and upward, your company will be on the right track.