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Every business has specific goals they want to achieve, and it’s their employees that help achieve those. As a business, you will spend a lot of time focusing on reaching your target market and ensuring the success of your product or services. However, the employees of a company are the ones that truly guarantee the success of the business. They are the people that make up the company, and without them, nothing would function smoothly. In reality, a business is never a one-person show, even as a startup. So, what is the solution for a successful business? Hiring employees is one step, but you need to ensure you hire the best employees for your business. Your business must have an internal HR department whose role it is to recruit these employees. Different people have different personalities that mesh well with some company cultures, and not so much with others. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking to hire your next star employee.
The auditing process
You’ve posted on LinkedIn and the company website that you are hiring, and you are now waiting for prospective employees to apply. There will be hundreds of applications that get sent through, and it is time-consuming to filter through them. Your job posting should have already been specific and used key words to attract the type of employee you want to have at the office. There isn’t enough time to interview all of the hundreds of applicants, so it’s important to carefully assess each and every single CV. Have they used the keywords from the job posting? Do they have the desired experience for the job? Opt to not only look for those that have the exact work experience, but whose CV stand out. There will always be those that stand out from the crowd, and as an HR department you must find pick those individuals and call them in for the interview.
A CV doesn’t say nearly as much about a person as an interview does. After all, this employee will be working in the office and interacting with everyone on a day-to-day basis, so what is their personality like? As a prospective employee, a job interview is intimidating, as this will determine whether you move forward in the job process. As the HR department, it is your job to ask the right interview questions and get a true feel for the type of person you will be hiring. You want to know their strengths and weaknesses, but they must also have a good answer as to why they want to work for your specific company. This is one of the most crucial components throughout the whole process, and if the individual performed exceptionally, you can call them in for a second interview or even give them the job right there and then. Remember; look for individuals that will fit well with the company culture and get along with those that already work there. A person that is a good fit will also work better, and thus help with the businesses’ goals.
Once the interview process is complete, and you have found that perfect employee that will fit in with the company culture, there comes the legal aspects of the hiring process. If you are hiring an individual to work for your company, you must have a legally binding contract. Unless you are hiring a freelancer, there is a long list of rules and benefits that HR and the employee must discuss before starting the job. A contract will be drafted, negotiated, modified, and even terminated if required. The contract will determine the success of the arrangement between the employee and the business and must be subject to contract lifecycle management, such that the business can streamline all of their contracts. It is necessary for the employee’s workflow as well, given that they must feel fully integrated into the business within which they will be working.
Monitoring their progress
You’ve hired an employee, but there is another step – monitoring their progress. No matter how well the interview went, you never get a true sense of the employee until they begin working. Every new employee should be subject to reviews, especially during the initial months there. They must understand the company’s procedures and goals to perform their tasks, and they must be given the necessary training to perform well. You may have found the perfect employee, but it is also in the hands of the business to not fail them by providing them with the resources they need to complete their tasks.
A business will face opportunities for growth as a result of its employees’ work. A good employee–business relationship will help a business succeed, but there must be mutual respect and benefits received from both ends. The HR department must hire an employee that will be a good fit, whereas the employee needs to understand their contract and their benefits, be trained and be provided with the necessary resources to perform. Remember, the employees are the ones that help the business grow and meet its goals. Hire slowly and effectively, and provide them with the tools they need to succeed.
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