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June 5TH, by Jason Tiemeier, No Comments

Hiring the right people for your business


Hiring the right people for your business is crucial to your success, both in the long and short-term. Hiring the wrong people—which happens all too often—can cause unnecessary disruption to your business and potentially set your progress back while you take the time to get yourself back on track.

Here are some tips for hiring the right people for your business:

1. Hire people who are better than you

You may be desperate to find somebody to fill a role but aiming high will pay dividends in the long run. Look to hire people who have skills that you do not, people who have experience with potential problems you have identified – people who can teach you a few things. If you insist on hiring people who are subordinate to you, your company will not progress beyond your own capabilities.

2. Share the wealth

Paying people what they are worth is a sure way to show them that you recognize their value. Even if you are trying to keep your budget in line, keep in mind that these are the people who will help you grow. Investing in that growth is important so make sure they are taken care of right from the start.

3. Hire a variety of people

Establishing culture is something that should happen organically, but you can ensure a diverse group by choosing to hire people of different backgrounds, ages, genders, levels of experience, and contrasting points of view. Being able to approach a task from several different angles will deliver innovative approaches and will be less likely to get stuck.

4. Avoid hiring somebody just because you “like them”

Some people are very good at connecting on a personal level. Just because you get along with them personally, however, doesn’t mean that they will be your new star hire. Start with the goal firmly in mind and don’t be swayed by charm or personality. Their tangible accomplishments and how they might behave in real-life scenarios are the things that are important. Look beyond the scripted answers and pre-screened references and ask behavioral/situational questions that will give you an idea of how this person would respond to a crisis.

5. Avoid cutting corners

When you are trying to establish your team, you might—understandably—be in a hurry to get on with the process so you can hit the ground running. Just know that you aren’t going to get where you need to be by cutting corners. Bad hires are costly. They tend to eat up resources unnecessarily. Do your due diligence, check references, and don’t hire the first person you interview, even if you think they are a strong candidate out of the gate. Initial enthusiasm counts for a lot, but it can color your decisions in the short-term.

6. Be prepared

Establish a standard assessment checklist and prepare behavioral questions in advance. This way, if you are speaking to a multitude of people, you will have a reliable gauge to help you compare one person to another after the fact.

In conclusion, hiring the right people for your business is the key to ongoing success. Be prepared to make some tough decisions, but always keep your ultimate goals in mind.

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