20 Things Entrepreneurs Wish They Knew Before Hiring Employees

20 Things Entrepreneurs Wish They Knew Before Hiring Employees

Twenty things entrepreneurs wish they knew before hiring employees Avoid employment nightmares with these hiring guidelines from other Small Businesses.

They learned these lessons so that you wouldn't have to. Whether or not you're looking to hire full-time, part-time, contract, or freelance employees, here are the best hiring guidelines that other Small Businesses wish they knew when they were getting started.

  1. Check employment & labor laws. Know your rights, and theirs, before you even get started.

  2. Education is no guarantee of competency. Having a fancy degree doesn't always mean they have experience for your job.

  3. Give yourself as much time as you need to do interviews. Think of job candidates as an investment, and like any investment decision, don't rush into it.

  4. You're being interviewed, too. Companies that snatch up the best talent; market their attributes, benefits, and perks to potential employees.

  5. Ask about employment gaps. Certain reasons can be a red flag.

  6. Have an employee handbook. Employees can get on their feet quicker with clear ground rules in place. The Small Business Administration can get you started.

  7. Ask about drug and background tests. The main thing with this one is to watch their reaction when you ask if they'll consent to one.

  8. Google them. You'd be surprised what might show up.

  9. Ask about working speed. How long would it take you to do X?

  10. Let them talk. Ask a question, and then keep quiet. People will naturally try to fill the silence.

  11. Learn how to do behavioral interviews. You start by asking an open-ended question, but all your following questions are based on their answers.

  12. Try not to hire family. It's a risk. This makes it hard to be the boss, and your business objectives might not always align with family objectives.

  13. Experience is not greater than personality. A talented pessimist could create an unhappy working environment.

  14. Listen for negativity. How negative are they when recalling previous employers? What about previous co-workers?

  15. Don't just ask work-related questions. Get a sense for what their hobbies and interests are. It may clue you in to their character.

  16. Get a second opinion. Find a trusted co-worker to chat with the candidate while you're not there, and see what they think.

  17. Go ahead — judge a book by its cover. Sometimes appearance can indicate character.

  18. Did they do any research? See how much they know about your business and how prepared they are.

  19. Check out their social media. One company hired and fired an employee before she even started her first day of work. They found out she was already bad-mouthing her new job on Twitter.

  20. Test their skills. Don't be afraid to give them a test that relates to their skillset. Give them a quick assignment to see how they react and solve a problem.
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