Hiring Tips

Last week we discuss about tips to helping you as a human resource arrange and handle employees to a point that they are comfortable and delivers as per company’s ethics.

We discussed that planning your workforce needs in advance and then monitoring your workers’ performance pays dividends in a variety of ways that directly and indirectly improve your bottom line.

Today we are going to discuss different hiring tips. If followed, these tips will help entrepreneurs hire required and relevant people for a specific position.

It is common that entrepreneurs start out as a one-man band, and as time goes they get devout customers which forces them to add skilled technicians.

As business grows entrepreneurs need people who will serve as an extension of the brand. He or she will want people who, when others see them, will see the business at a glance.

Hiring

You don’t have much of a company without a strong, dedicated team. All you have to do is be very careful when hiring, because at times the hiring process can be challenging, from sourcing candidates, screening and interviewing them to making the final evaluations.

You might find that after announcing job opportunities your office will flood with application letters making it difficult for the screening process especially for entrepreneurs who are doing the hiring for the first time.

Early-stage startups are pitted against bigger businesses with their army of recruiters, heavy branding campaigns and seemingly unlimited swag.

Yet, there are still ways to develop a competitive hiring advantage to reel in the best candidates and convince them to commit to your startup and its mission. Here are five steps that you can take immediately to enhance your recruiting efforts:

  1. Be transparent about your needs (and how they may change).

At a startup, staffing needs change frequently, along with the company’s direction, products and goals. Let prospective employees in on all this.

You’ll notice a considerable amount of churn if you fail to appropriately manage candidates’ expectations before they join the company. Overwhelmed with new responsibilities, unsuspecting new hires will find it hard to succeed if they are forced to adapt to a change in job description every two weeks.

To hire the perfect new team member, fully disclose current expectations for the role being filled and how that may change as the business evolves and pivots. Candidates need to be prepared and even excited about the fluid nature of a startup and how that might affect their day-to-day responsibilities. Otherwise those who are underprepared will become bitter and burn out.

  1. Build positive relationships with all candidates.

Although you cannot — and should not — hire every job seeker who comes knocking on your door, you have an opportunity to develop strong goodwill and rapport with each one.

As a recruiter at an early-stage startup seeking exceptional talent, you need to develop the firm’s reputation as an organization that everyone wants to work for. If a candidate turns out to be a terrible fit for your business, write off the lost time and salvage the situation by turning that person into a brand advocate. 

Encourage candidates you’ve rejected to refer other job seekers with an incentive such as a finder’s fee or guidance and support with their job search (resume or interviewing tips, referrals to openings elsewhere).

Who knows? They might even return for an interview at a later date after gaining more skills.

  1. Make the benefits awesome.

Never lure a candidate with a false promise of future wealth at the company. Generous stock payouts are more myth than reality these days. Instead, offer opportunities that can make a candidate happier about the job (even it lacks a market rate salary).

A few cost-effective enticements enjoyed by employees include the freedom to take on new challenges and responsibilities, and personal-development programs (lunch-and-learns with successful businesspeople, fireside chats with industry experts and weekly study sessions at the firm).

  1. Enlist help in hiring.

Even the smartest businesspeople know they can’t do everything themselves. Hiring is a skill that’s developed with practice. So if you’re running a young and hungry startup and desperate to find that unique individual who can take your business to the next level, you may need additional counsel.

Consult friends who have hired for specific roles (marketing, sales, engineering) to learn where to source the best candidates, how to effectively review resumes, better questions to ask and ways to determine the final selections. Different people have written some of insights about interviewing techniques. You may also want to check online.

  1. Close the deal, again.

The hiring process does not end when a candidate accepts an offer. Continue to sell the new hire on the opportunity throughout their first weeks of work.

Make the on boarding process seamless so that the employee feels confident in the new role and is excited about the company. Be selective about the tests administered.

Do challenge new hires to make a real impact within the organization but don’t deliberately overwhelm them to see their response to pressure. When possible, make the new recruits feel like family, give them what they need, remove barriers and provide them resources and the knowledge to become successful. Then you’ll be impressed by your startup’s retention rate and amazed by what new hires can accomplish.

All in all you should remember that except in the most informal of situations, hiring should always be done with an offer letter. The letter should spell out all the particular of the job including:

  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Responsibilities
  • Performance expectations
  • Probationary period
  • Reporting requirements
  • Desired start date
  • Work location

It needs to be clear at the start what is being offered, and what is expected. If it‘s in writing, then it’s difficult to have misunderstanding. The offer letter helps document the contractual relationship between the new employee and the employer.

If you are going to be successful human resource management, expectations for employees need to be clearly established at the start. Putting those expectations in writing is a good way to do just that.

Prepared by Veneranda Sumila with assistance from the internet.

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