Hiring new employees can be quite a challenge. It's sometimes difficult to sift through the different options and personalities that come through the door. Here are a few things to keep in mind when bringing "new blood" into your business:
Pay More to Get More
Paying workers too little can turn away quality applicants. Paying 10 to 15 percent more than the average salary for the particular position will attract better candidates. This means researching the going rate by talking to other business owners in your industry, using salary calculators and scanning the salaries listed in your region's job ads. Offering higher pay helps employees to feel valued. A valued employee is more likely to stick around, reducing expenses associated with employee turnover.
To increase the likelihood of employee retention and make the most of your resources, hire honest, smart and innovative employees with no restrictive ties to their past employers. Rely on people you know and trust for employee referrals, and when you find the best candidates, pay them what they're worth. Talented and trustworthy employees are critical to the success of your business.
Assess character by paying attention to the details:
- Did the candidate arrive on time for the interview?
- How did he or she respond to questions about past failures?
- Does the candidate demonstrate a willingness to learn from past mistakes?
- How does he or she characterize past supervisors and co-workers?
Look for responses that demonstrate a willingness to learn from past failures, a positive attitude, motivation and perseverance. The following could be considered red flags:
- Asking you not to contact specific employers for a reference
- Blaming past supervisors and colleagues for failures
- Demonstrating poor social skills (e.g., avoiding eye contact or displaying closed off body language)
- Communicating ineffectively (e.g., cutting you off during the interview or not asking questions about your business)
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