We’ve talked about how to find the right employees for your small business in the past, but while being able to find them is key, knowing what you’re actually looking for is even more important to choosing a compatible employee.
Follow these steps to gain the employees your company needs to continue to grow successfully.
Identify Your Company’s Needs
This means understanding what skills you desperately need in the office. When hiring for a small business you may have trouble identifying and putting into words an actual job title and description, but this is key to understanding what exactly it is you are looking for.
Now this doesn’t mean you are limiting that eventual employee to a specific set of tasks, because in any business, especially when it comes to small businesses, that is not healthy for the company as a whole or the employee. But it does mean you have certain must-have-skill set that you are looking for in order to be successful at the job.
Evaluate Your Teams Strengths and Weaknesses
This means not just personal strengths and weaknesses of each individual, but the office as a whole. You may find you are all creative types who have a hard time completing a task or managing a project. Or perhaps you all tend to be a little more introverted and want to hide behind a computer.
None of these traits are bad things, but when there is too much of one or another there is not enough balance within the company to really be successful. So, you should be looking for a personality type and skill set you need to be more successful as a business, and balance out your weaknesses.
It may also be a question about what is enjoyable to you or someone else in the office. If you have a valuable employee who is beat down by the role he or she is currently playing in the company and wants to contribute in other ways, it is time to find someone who can replace that person’s current duties and allow them to advance into different areas of the company work.
Hire For The Long Term
This goes hand in hand with looking at strengths and weaknesses. If you want your company to last, you have to hire someone who not only wants a long-term position, but will also be able to contribute to the company in a long term capacity. This means that hiring someone because of a specific account or project may seem like a great idea, but what if that account or project goes away? Will that person still be able to play an important role in the office?
Another question to ask is will you be able to keep that employee happy? Will you have enough flexibility and opportunities for advancement for an ambitious person to be satisfied with the position?
Keep an Open Mind
While you should always have those key traits and qualities you are looking for in order to make your search specific and focused, don’t allow that to keep you from not interviewing or considering a candidate. People can surprise you with wonderful talents and you don’t want to miss out on a great employee.
Hiring for a small company can be a huge decision, and can end up being a long drawn out process. But, with the right goals in mind, and complete honesty to yourself about what your own personal, as well as your company’s, weaknesses you will find the perfect person who will be able to add the skills that your company will benefit from.