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When you open your own small business, you most likely will start out as the company's only employee. However, when the long hours you put in begin to pay off and you are looking to add employees to your roster, you may not know what you should do to ensure that the people you choose to hire are the right fit for you and can be trusted with your precious business. Get to know some of the steps that you can take to ensure that when you add employees, you choose the right people for the job.
Develop Interview Questions That Are Job Specific
Being the person who is doing the interviewing rather than being interviewed for a job can be a somewhat surreal task the first time around. As such, you may want to rely on standardized interview questions that you can find online or in a basic business book.
However, if you want to find the employee that is best suited to your small business, you will need to develop your own set of interview questions that are highly specific to the work that you do. If, for example, there is a specific task that your employee will have to do every day at work such as counting down the till, setting money aside for the deposit, and logging all of that information into an accounting ledger, you want to ask specific questions about experience in such areas. The more specific you get, the more you can tell if someone is the right fit for the job.
Utilize An Employment Screening Company
Once you have narrowed down the candidates to your favorites from the interviewing process, your next step will be to ensure that the person you hire can be trusted and has provided you with truthful and accurate information. While checking personal and professional references is a good start, the rest can be accomplished by utilizing an employment screening company (like PeopleFacts).
A third-party employment screening company will take your candidate's basic identifying information including their name, date of birth, and social security number and run an extensive criminal background check. If needed or requested, they can also run a credit check and civil background check as well as check driving history and employment histories.
This will give you a comprehensive image of what type of person the candidate you interviewed is and will let you know if there are any red flags that would make them a poor fit for your company.
Now that you have a few ideas of the steps you should take to ensure you hire the right new employees for your small business, you can get started in the process of finding and hiring the perfect person for the job.