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4 Hiring Mistakes New Businesses Make

It takes all sorts to create a well functioning business; you need an amazing product idea, a good leader but most importantly, you need a well functioning team.

They’re the ones that are going to make your ideas a reality and do all of the hard work that keeps the business ticking over day to day. That’s why it’s so important that you’re hiring the right people. A lot of new business owners underestimate just how difficult it is to choose the right staff and without them, you’re never going to get your business off the ground. If you’re about to start hiring your first employees, make sure you avoid these common mistakes.

Waiting For Them To Come To You

When you need good staff, you’re going to put a job advert out there and see who applies. But you also need to be proactive and seek out the best people for the job yourself. Networking is a good way to find the right staff. If you worked with anybody that you admired at a previous job, why not get in touch and see whether they’re interested in a new opportunity. You should also get in touch with an employment agency and see whether they can help. They’re experts at sourcing the best people for the job and they’ll have far better contacts than you. They can help you to source the most qualified people in the industry and put together the perfect team.

Not Knowing What You Want

When you’re trying to hire the perfect candidate for a given role, you need to know what that candidate looks like. If you don’t, you’ll end up picking somebody who might look great on paper but isn’t necessarily right for that particular position. The first thing to do is think about what the daily duties involved with that job are and what skills they’ll need to excel. Beyond that, you need to think about what the core values of your company are because it’s important that employees share the overall vision of the business as well as being qualified for the specific job they’re applying for. Always make sure you have a clear idea of who you’re looking for before you start the hiring process.

Not Testing Candidates

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people sometimes exaggerate on job applications. Just because they claim to have certain skills, that doesn’t mean they really do. That’s why you should test candidates before you hire them. There are plenty of aptitude tests that you can download online for free. Give a few of them to each of your candidates so you can get a better idea of how they’ll perform on the job.

Forgetting About Personality

Qualifications and experience are important but you’ve also got to consider the personality of the candidate.  They don’t need to be best friends with the rest of their co-workers but a good working relationship is important. If they aren’t the kind of person that is going to get on with the rest of your staff, they might not be the best choice.

If you make these mistakes when you’re hiring, your team won’t work effectively together and your business won’t be a success.

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