Hiring the right person for the job

Hiring the right person for the job

Your business is booming and you are running out of time in the day to get everything done, from quoting, invoicing, follow up phone calls, after-sales service and then working on your actual projects, it is time to employ someone. Where do you start? 

It is important to know what job role you need. Is it admin staff, a bookkeeper, an apprentice, a labourer or a fully qualified tradesperson?

Finding the right person can be like searching for a needle in a haystack!

Once you have decided as to the type of position your business would benefit- write a detailed job description, as this will save you time from talking to someone that isn’t who you need and on the flip side applicants will know exactly what you are looking for. In the job description make sure you include any technical skill sets and software platforms that the applicant would need to understand in order to carry out the job at hand.
Post your job on job sites that are applicable to your industry. It could even be handy to post on local groups or trade-related groups on social media. Keeping it local will help to ensure you target candidates that will not have to travel too far for work which could be a good incentive. 

Now you have received some strong job applicants- asking the right questions in the interview to really learn about the person as quickly as possible is important, so after you have asked the general questions like:

  1. Tell us about yourself
  2. What are your passions
  3. What interested you about the role?

Then it is time to ask some more probing questions that could light up the applicant with some amazing answers:

  1. What is your greatest achievement professionally? Why?
  2. How have you handled a difficult situation at work? 
  3. How have you handled working with a difficult colleague?
  4. What are your goals for the next 12 months?

Questions like the ones above will give you insight into how the applicant thinks and responds to a range of situations, it may also help them to open up a little to you so you can see if you can work with them or not.

Finding the right person takes time and patience, and then once you find the right person, take the time to educate them on how your business works so you are transparent about how the business operates and what you expect of them. As they are an investment into your business that you want to keep.

If you need to know if your business can afford an employee- we can sit down with you to understand your financial position.



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