Hiring your first employee is a major step for your business. But for it to be a milestone and not a stumbling block, follow these steps:
Verify All Information Provided By the Candidate
Be aware that employees who look too good on paper may very well be. Many job applicants provide bogus or inflated information to improve their chances of being hired. It is essential that you know your employee’s background so that you can avoid liability lawsuits in the event that your employee hurts someone. The best way to know that the information provided by your employee is accurate is to perform a background check.
Inform The Candidate When Using Third-Parties
If you hire a third party to investigate your candidate, you are required to inform him or her in writing. You will need to provide the candidate with an opportunity to refute the information. You may need to provide your candidate with a document to sign to provide his or her consent, such as if you will be checking the candidate’s credit history. Laws surrounding the practice of background checks can vary nationwide. Be sure to at least consult your local chamber of commerce before you begin the hiring process.
Those who have obtained a master’s degree in business administration, whether through a traditional or online MBA degree program, will have the skills necessary for problem solving and critical thinking. They will be better prepared to solve business and financial challenges. They will also bring the latest business research and best practices to your company. With a large stack of resumes, requiring an MBA is a great way to weed out candidates.
Make Sure The Employee Is The Right Fit
The first employee you hire should have the skills you lack and should be able to fulfill a role that is in most dire need of being filled. For example, if you are not a good accountant, an accountant may be a natural first hire if you can justify hiring a full-time one.
Try to hire employees who are passionate and then try to align their passions with the needs of the business. For example, if you hire someone who appears to have a passion for innovation, look for ways in which this employee can use his or her passions to make your business more successful.
Your employee should be a huge relief to you and should free up time. You shouldn’t have to spend time looking for ways to fill up your employee’s time. Therefore, it is important to wait until the right moment to make this big step. But when the moment arrives, your business will become more profitable when you hire the right candidate.