A whole array of technologies are being shouted from the rooftops as the key to unlocking the potential of your company. Artificial intelligence, social media, big data and cloud computing… the list goes on and on. But you can’t forget those that hold these keys—your people! You need to hire the right people.
People are the most important aspect of your company, responsible for how you operate, how you present yourself to clients and customers, and ultimately how successful you are. When it comes to hiring the right people in your company, look for those with similar values and work ethics while diversifying the workplace in terms of gender, ethnicity, and skill sets.
You need to create a cohesive workplace but also identify what every employee can bring on an individual level. And it can be a tricky balancing act. In this post, we’ll explore some tips to help you hire the right team for your business.
#1. Know What You Are Looking For
What kind of team do you need? What will your company culture be like? How much will you be willing to pay? You must answer all these questions so that you know what to look for in interviews.
#2. Write a Good Job Description
The more specific your job description, the better. Applicants should know precisely what your company is looking for. Make sure to detail how many hours employees must work, the skills and experience they need to apply, and how much they will get paid.
#3. Reach Out
Establish a presence on LinkedIn, Monster, Craigslist, AngelList, and other websites. Know where your talent resides so you can go out and find them. You can also utilize your network and reach out to partners for referrals.
#4. Call Their References
Ask their references about the candidate’s work style. Find out how much they have contributed to their past employers and ask if they believe the candidate would be right for your company. Prepare a refined list of interview questions beforehand so that you can weed out the good applicants from the bad ones.
#5. Consider Alternatives
Can an applicant’s job be outsourced or replaced with a robot? Can you do it yourself? Perhaps you should hire them part-time instead of full-time. Or maybe one worker can wear multiple hats. Think carefully about all the options you have.