The 5 areas to focus on during small business hiring

Posted by Jessica Morales

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December 18, 2013

Hiring candidates at a small business can be daunting. Follow these instructions to optimize your hiring process. 

handshakeNot all hiring is created equally. Whether you’re new to the game or have been recruiting candidates in an agency or large company for years, making the switch to a small business can be difficult. Even seasoned hiring veterans will run into new situations that need to be approached with care.

Spending too much time in the hiring process or hiring a candidate who isn’t the right fit can be costly to a small or new organization. By approaching these five situations thoughtfully, you can save your business time and money.

Writing a full job description
Make sure you don’t skimp on the details of your positions. This will ensure you receive fewer applications from unqualified candidates. Clearly state what the requirements of a position are, and separate them from the “nice-to-haves.” The more robust your job description is, the closer you are to attracting stellar, on-target candidates.

Advertising your job
Social media is a great way to get your brand name and jobs out there, but your message often goes to individuals who aren’t looking for a job. While other companies are advertising via social media such as Facebook and Twitter, why not sign up for TheLadders’ Passport? It is completely free and filled with more than 6 million professional candidates who are ready for their next opportunity.

Finding the right fit
You may want to interview each candidate you see based on compelling factors like an advanced degree or experience at an impressive company. But why expend your resources on interviewing candidates that don’t match the criteria of your position? If a resume doesn’t reflect the experience you’re looking for, don’t waste your time on it. They may have a fancy job title and doctorate degree but if they don’t have the experience, this could be a huge downfall for your business.

Interviewing strategically
The interview is your time to find out more about the candidate and see their level of enthusiasm for your business and position. Prior to meeting with them, write down a list of questions you want to know about the candidate and be sure to ask them about the company. If they know about your business, then you know they did the research.

Making your decision
Since you’re handling the hiring process yourself, making the right decision is crucial. If you’re not feeling good about a candidate, follow your instincts but make sure not to make a decision in the middle of an interview. Hire a candidate who can bring something new to the table, has the right qualifications, and fits into your organization culturally, for your benefit and for theirs.

All groups work closely together in a small organization, and your hires can make or break the organization. By following this advice, you’ll lay a strong foundation for all your small business hiring. To begin searching for candidates using TheLadders’ free passport product, sign up here.


Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing