The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Hiring the Perfect Employee

Small businesses have been the backbone of the American economy for as long as we have been a country. Hiring the perfect employeeOnly in recent times have the large corporations accounted for the majority of employees in the country (around 75% right now). The economy, the cost of living, and the constant desire for more can leave many small businesses scrambling for employees that are dependable, passionate, and hirable.

Thanks to things like social media and online job boards, finding the perfect employee is a little easier than the “sign in the window” days, but sometimes this can backfire when a person seems like a perfect fit over the internet, but their physical work leaves much to be desired.

We compiled six tips to serve as a guide for the next time you, a small business owner, needs to hire that perfect employee. These tips take you from job posting to interview to hiring, so you can spend less time fretting about the process and more time tackling your next small business goal.

  1. Create your ideal employee profile.

The first step in finding the perfect employee for your small business is to take the time to sit and create the image and description of what this employee will be like. What are the most important aspects of what they will bring to the table–personality, knowledge, experience, vision, or any other number of factors could be the most needed in this particular role.

Taking the time to make a detailed list of your vision for this position will give you clarity in deciding how to word the job proposal, how to conduct the interview, and how to make that hire. It guarantees you won’t be sidetracked by things that are flashy on an application or in an interview, but aren’t exactly what your team needs at this point. Check this out for more assistance.

  1. Tap into your current employees and fan base.

Your current employees are some of the best tools for finding someone to fill that next spot in the business. They already know what the atmosphere of the business is like and which of their friends would be a great fit for the company.

On the flip side, they can be a personal contact to help convince their friend or family member to set up that interview and consider becoming a part of your team. Nothing is as convincing for your business’s employability as the testimony of a personal friend.

Also, use your social media avenues to reach out to fans who may want to become a part of your team. These people are already enthusiastic about what you’re doing, and you never know when one of them will jump on the opportunity to work with you, or have a great recommendation for someone who would be a perfect fit.

  1. Hire or consult a writer to draft the job posting.

The job posting is the first “official” step in securing that perfect future employee. With the personal work that you have done in crafting the image of your ideal employee, consider investing in a writer for a one-time project to craft a job proposal that will appeal to that image.The job posting is the first impression that this potential employee will receive of your company, so make sure that the wording reflects your unique voice. Practically, keep it brief, structured, conversational, and upbeat. Sound like a big task? It is!–so let a professional partner with you to make it as perfect as possible.

  1. Create a preliminary online application to weed out non-potentials.

Your time as a small business owner is valuable, and interviews take up a lot of time. Forming a short but detailed application for interested potential employees can save you time in the long-run.

Besides asking for a resume and references, ask some detailed questions that can help you determine if this person is the right fit for you. Not all people can communicate as clearly in writing as they can in person, though, so add the option for a video or audio answer to the questions to let people communicate in the way they do best.

  1. Communicate expectations clearly.

Hiring a new employee for your small business is like entering into a new relationship–nothing is worse than hurrying into something, not realizing what the other person was actually like.

This can be true both for the employer and the employee–make sure that, during the interview process, you clearly communicate expectations for this position, and that you let the potential employee communicate what they do and don’t feel capable of or comfortable with.

  1. Set up a trial hiring period.

As a small business owner, you know that your employees are like family. If there are struggles within the family, everyone is going to feel it. To keep yourself and your future employee from feeling trapped into the job, clearly communicate a “trial run” for a predetermined amount of time, after which you or they are free to move on if the fit isn’t right.

It’s hard to determine just from one face-to-face interview if the employer-employee relationship is going to work out. So don’t lock yourself into a contract based off a few meetings. The perfect employee for you is out there, and it may take a few trial runs to find “the one”.

Using this guide, it’s time to tackle the hiring process. Your future employee will be a perfect addition to your team–the hardest part is just finding that one. Turn that stress over an unfilled position into action using these tips, and each day will bring you closer to finding that new someone to bring into the family.

About Jordan Perez

Jordan Perez is a human resource expert with over 10 years’ experience helping HR managers and employees create better work relations. She’s also an avid freelance writer who has been published in online magazines and cooperate websites. When she is not engaged in HR developments, she loves hitting the road to see new places. She regularly posts at Resume Pundits.