Recruitment is often a daunting task for small businesses, especially when it’s still a relatively new process. As such, it’s important to understand how to best handle recruitment, and the top strategies to put in place.
It can often be a good idea to assess when staff are expected to be required, and add it into the business plan. By doing so, hiring can become a more carefully planned process.
Look for skills that can’t be taught
While a number of industries require skills or qualifications in order to be performed correctly, many more have no such need. In these instances, it’s important to think outside the box when hiring, and look closely at desires, outlooks, attitudes and cultural values during the hiring process.
As former President and CEO of Porsche Peter Shutz said, “Hire character, train skill.”
Explain the role
It’s important to set clear expectations about what the role requires before staff are brought on board. In the initial advertising and hiring process, ensure that clear requirements for the role have been established, and that the potential hires are aware of these.
Hire a diverse range of people
In a small business it can often be tempting to take on like-minded people, especially when it’s easier to converse with them on a personal level. While it is important to take on staff that are friendly and have a positive outlook, this shouldn’t get in the way of hiring staff with the right skills.
A good strategy is to first find applicants that meet the skill requirements, and then to begin focusing on interpersonal skills.
Hiring is never an exact science, but by keeping several key considerations in mind it can be easier. If a business is continuing to grow, understanding how to effectively take on new staff can be extremely helpful.