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A Guide To Hiring Your First Employee

3 October 2017 No Comment

Starting your own business is an exciting endeavour, but what’s more exciting is when your business thrives so much that you need to start hiring help and employees. Most small businesses start off as a one-person show, so it can be hard to let go of the reins and allow someone else to take over areas of your business. It’s a lot easier to do this when you know you’ve hired the right person for the job. If you’re unsure how to go about hiring your first employee, then take a look at this short guide.

Define The Job

Before you can even think about interviews, you need to define the job you are advertising. This means writing a job description detailing the contribution that the position will make to your business. You will need to talk about the main tasks and responsibilities of the role, the location, wages, hours, and whether it’s on a part-time, full-time, fixed-term, or temporary basis. You should also write the specifications of the person you want to hire. You can’t discriminate against candidates because of their gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or disabilities, but you can ask for applicants to have certain qualifications, or specific skills or knowledge. For example, if you were looking to hire a supply chain manager, you might request that only those with a Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management apply for the position.

Advertising The Position

You will need to find somewhere to advertise your position. Although newspapers used to be the go-to place to look for jobs, people tend to use the internet a lot more nowadays. There are plenty of websites to advertise jobs online, some of which are free, so you might want to put your advertisement on a few of them. You might want to request that candidates send in a CV and cover letter, to save you money on sending out job application forms.

Interviewing Candidates

Read through the CVs and cover letters to narrow down your candidates, and invite a few candidates to a formal interview each day. Plan out the questions you will ask your candidates, and have them written down in the interview so that you don’t forget anything. Ensure you remain friendly, yet professional, introduce yourself and tell each candidate a little bit about your business. If the applicant isn’t sure how to answer any questions, then try to help them a little, and keep them talking. Write down any answers they may give, to use when deciding on a candidate. At the end of the interview, thank the candidate for attending and inform them of how you’ll contact them to let them know if they got the job.

After The Interview

Use all of the information you have gathered to make an informed and fair decision on which candidate to hire. Once you have made your decision, contact all of the candidates to let them know. Check your chosen candidate has the right to work, and ask them to provide proof of any qualifications necessary for the job. Once you’re happy that they are who they say they are, you will need register as an employer and ensure you have completed any legal paperwork necessary to employ staff.

Hopefully, this information will help you when your business starts to grow, and you need to hire your first employee.

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