6 Steps to Take Before Hiring New Employees

Written by Kevin Liew on 02 Feb 2021
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When hiring, you almost always have a specific role you are filling. With that in mind, it is easier to form a plan for finding who it is you want to fill that position! If you still aren’t sure where to start, what to do, or how to find the best person for you, don’t worry. We have your back! We have come up with a few ideas to help you find the best fit for your team.

1. Be organized

There is nothing that will help you more than being organized. If you have everything in order, you are sure to be better off. You won’t be fumbling to find resumes, you won’t be late to interview times, and you won’t double book yourself. 

Another positive of being organized is in case you can’t make it to part of the hiring process, your team will be able to pick up where you left off without ever skipping a beat. This will help everyone find the best fit and your business will likely be more successful as a result!

2. Know employment history

By knowing the applicant’s employment history, you can see if they are loyal, dedicated, and in it for the long haul. If they seem to bounce around from job to job, it is good to see that before hiring them. It gives you the chance to ask about that and see what their reasoning behind it is. 

It can also help you to see if they have had jobs in your industry yet, if they have been truthful on their resume/application, and if they are going to be worth the investment of bringing them on and training them. The small fee it costs to run the check will be so worth it because of how much it will end up saving you in the long run!

3. Create a list of wants

Perhaps you need someone with a strong social media understanding, or someone to help you get your business accounts on their feet, or maybe you need someone who is great with customer service. Whatever it is you need out of a new employee, make a list. This will make it easier to reference the traits you are looking for and you won’t get sidetracked with other candidates.

4. See where your team may be lacking

Are you missing someone with a strong marketing background? Do you need more bilingual employees? Take a look at your employees and see where you may be lacking. It is great to be able to have a team of all-stars, but that probably isn’t the case. There is most likely something that your team is missing, so once you figure it out, make sure you add it to your list of wants!

5. Think of good questions

We are sure you can think of the basic questions that are normal in an interview process, but we challenge you to think outside the box and see if you can come up with anything new. Something that will keep the applicants on their toes and will help to show you a different side of them! 

You can review lists of icebreaker questions if you need some inspiration, or ask your current employees if there was something they would have liked to be asked.

6. Analyze the company culture

It is a good idea before interviewing new people to take a look at who you already have on your team. What is the workplace culture already like? What type of person is going to fit in well with your current employees? How will they complement each other? Analyzing the company culture that you already have in place will help you to be better prepared to bring in new hires!

We hope that a few of these steps will help you along your hiring journey! Good luck and happy hunting!

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