Hiring Staff For Your Startup
If your startup is successful, there will come a time when it is necessary to hire new employees and get full-time staff on board with your company. And let’s be honest, it’s an exciting time. The first time you hire an official employee is a sure sign that your business is on the right track, and that you are starting to make an impact.
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But hiring employees is often more troublesome than you might think. It can be an incredibly time-consuming process that involves creating job descriptions, contracts, finding time to interview, and of course, finding the money to pay for advertising and training your staff. It all eats into your working day by a significant amount and uses up a lot of time and resources.
With this in mind, it’s important to understand some of the things that will help you hire people quickly, but still, ensure you are getting the right people in to grow your business. And today, we’re going to take a look at some of your options for cutting back on the time required to hire your first set of employees. Let’s take a closer look.
First of all, don’t expect to save time by winging this entire process by the seat of your pants. An appropriate hiring plan is essential, and the time you spend on planning will save you a lot more when it comes down to finding the right candidate. In fact, it could be worth making a human resources specialist your first hire – they will have the skills and expertise you need to make the process as smooth and fast as possible.
- Focus on what you are looking for
Make sure you have a clear and distinct idea of the job role before you advertise it. Create a list of the skills you need, and also include the personality types that might suit the role and your current company culture.
- Post the job in the right places
You don’t need to plaster your job offer in every single place – not only is it time-consuming and expensive, but you will also find that your inbox gets packed with irrelevant and unsuitable CVs. Instead, choose niche boards that are industry specific or laser-focused on the job role. You will find the quality of candidate CV you receive will be a lot higher than just posting in random of more mainstream boards.
- Screen your candidates
Have a good screening process in place, to ensure you don’t waste time hiring people that don’t have the necessary skills or personality type you are looking for. Recruitment consultants could help you here, making sure that you only interview people that are suited to your role and company. Yes, there will be a fee, but the time it gives you to carry on with your usual money-making activities will make the whole process worth your while.
- Make use of technology
Finally, make sure technology plays a role in your final screening process. You could set up a phone call to find out the basics of each candidate, and then perhaps give them a Skype interview. The fewer people you have to talk to face-to-face in your offices, the better. Not only will it save you valuable organizational time, but you will also have a higher quality of candidate to interview, meaning you will save time when it comes to making your final decision.