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Finding the right talent for your company is crucial. Startups need a lot of work, and you need to know that you can rely on the people you have working for you. There are several things you should look out for when you’re hiring new talent in your company. No matter what type of business you’re in, consider these points for hiring.

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Understand the Difference Between Want and Need

The most important thing you need to keep in mind when your hiring is that what you want and what you need may be two completely different things. Remember, when you hire someone, you need to be able to pay for the skills they have. You may want the perfect programmer that knows ten different programming languages. But do they need to have that much experience for your company? Make a list of the qualities and experience that you absolutely need a candidate to have, as well as one for the “perfect” employee. Make sure you set realistic expectations for your needs.

Keep an Eye on Job Boards

While it’s expected that you’re going to post an ad on as many websites, newspapers, and college campuses as possible, it’s also important that you keep a lookout for those who are job hunting. Many job boards allow job hunters to post their resumes. If you keep an eye on the resumes, you’re more likely to find someone with the qualifications you need. Sometimes you need to go to them, instead of waiting for them to come to you. This also allows you to pick and choose the perfect candidates for the positions you have open. (Graph via Bright Labs)

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Interview Multiple People

Resumes are great. They give you an idea of the person you’ll be talking to. But it’s also important to make sure that you’re interviewing a number of people. If you automatically hire the first person that applies for the position, or if you jump at the highest quality resume, you may end up missing out on some great talent. It’s important that you actually meet with potential candidates to ensure that they’ll be a good fit for the company and the position.

Don’t Wait Too Long

Too many entrepreneurs are nervous about taking the leap and hiring new talent. Even if you know that you need someone to fill a position or role in the company, ti can be a difficult step to make. However, it’s important that you not wait too long. There are several repercussions of waiting too long to hire. First, if you’re a customer-based business, you could easily alienate customers because you don’t have adequate staff. In addition, if you do interviews, but take weeks or longer to get back to candidates, don’t be surprised if you find the perfect person for the job found something else.

Be Honest About the Position

It’s difficult to encompass everything that a new hire may be responsible for in a small business. However, if they are going to have many different types of responsibilities, make sure that you make this clear upfront. Some people are more comfortable in well-defined roles, while others work well taking over anything and everything that comes their way. Getting the right person for the job means that you need to make sure you offer all information necessary to allow the candidate to decide if it’s going to be a good fit for them.

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Put Together Interview Questions

You want your candidates to be well-prepared for their interview, but you need to make sure that you are, as well. Put some good questions together to ensure that you get a feel for the person you’re talking with. Make sure that you’re careful though, and don’t break any employment law. You can find several great interview question ideas online.

Finding the right person for the job is never easy, and it seems to be more difficult the smaller the company is. However, with some time and effort, you’ll find someone that will fit into the company like they’ve always been there.


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Miles Young