There were 29.6 million small businesses in 2017 and as a result, 1.4 million new jobs.

Whether you’re an established business or a startup, you know that a business is only as strong as its employees.

If you’re in need of new employees, this article is for you. Read on for eight business hiring tips for finding the right team members.

1. Create a Hiring Strategy

Before you post job positions, think about your hiring strategy. Ask yourself key questions about the job you’re hiring for.

How many roles do you need to fill? Are you looking for long-term employees or short-term freelancers?

Also, consider your company culture. If you’re already established, think about your company values and what kind of person you’re looking to hire. For example, if you run a pet store or sell pet products, you’d want employees that love animals.

2. Post Your Job Position

Create a job description. A good job description should have:

  • General info about the job and responsibilities
  • Main duties of the job preferably with examples
  • The education level needed
  • The knowledge and skills needed
  • Physical demands if needed
  • A section about the work environment and about the company

You can get help from the manager of the position in crafting the job description. You can also ask other employees who work similar jobs.

If this is a new job position, you can go online and learn about the job to create a job description. A successful job description should explain to a prospective employee what the job is about and how they would fit within your company.

Once you create a job description, a popular option is to post on online job boards. You can also post on your website to attract potential website visitor applicants. Then, providing a dedicated email for accepting resumes is an effective way for these visitors to reach out to your company.

3. Ask for Referrals

Another way to spread the word about your job opening is to ask for referrals. You can create an incentivized referral program internally.

Your current employees already have a good gauge of the company culture and might know the perfect people to refer to the open position.

4. Use Social Media

Social media is a great way to find potential employees. For example, LinkedIn is the perfect platform for finding talent and reviewing their work experience and skills.

Another method is to post brief information about your job opportunity on social media platforms like Facebook to ask colleagues or friends if they know someone who might be a good fit.

5. Create an Interviewing Process

Once the resumes start coming in, it’s time to decide which ones move on to the next stage of the hiring process. You should have a system of interviewing in place.

Decide on what the hiring process will look like. Will you need an initial test to see which people are qualified for the job? For instance, if you’re hiring a writer, you can implement a short writing test or sample to gauge writing.

How many rounds of interviews will you need? One tip is to have a short, initial phone or video call with potential talent. This can help you determine if the person fits your job description or not without having them come in for an interview.

Once someone passes the initial test and interview, you can move on to the next phase of hiring – an in-person interview.

For the interview, make sure to arrive on time and be professional. Plan interesting and challenging questions that will help you get to know your interviewee more.

Remember that the interview works both ways. It’s a chance for you to assess a potential employee, and it’s also a chance for the employee to assess you and your company.

The interviewee also wants to know what your company is about and if they can envision themselves working for you. Keep in mind that top talent may have multiple job offers, and they’re looking for the best job that will suit them.

6. Look for Passion

During the interview, look for passion. Are they genuinely interested in the job and your company? Or, are they just looking for any job to pay the bills?

Does it seem like the interviewee took the time to research your business? Are they asking thoughtful, relevant questions?

You want someone to work for you that’s committed. You don’t want to rush hiring someone just to fill the job and have them leave or show disinterest a few months later. This wastes both of your time, and you’ll have to redo the whole hiring process all over again.

7. Consider the Salary

Before hiring someone, consider how much their salary will be. How high are you willing to go if they negotiate? You can research the job position and see what the pay rate is for your location.

You may also want to offer competitive benefits such as healthcare and vacation days. Research shows that the happiest employees are 20% more productive than unhappy employees.

By offering benefits and creating a positive work environment for your employees, you’re increasing your own company’s productivity as well.

8. Have an Onboarding Process

Once you hire someone, you should have an onboarding process. For example, your company might require a training period of a few months where the person works via contract.

This time period can determine whether the person is right for the job. After the training period, you can both decide if you want to continue working together. You can then hire this person as a permanent employee.

Additional Advice for Small Business Hiring

The process of hiring new employees is not an easy one, and no two applicants will ever be the same. However, by following the above tips, it is possible to streamline the process and avoid mistakes by focusing on the details in advance.

Through careful planning and preparation, you can ensure that your small business has created an efficient hiring strategy to attract the best talent for your company.

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