Highlighting the SME Toolkit
Adapted from content excerpted from the American Express® OPEN Small Business Network
Your small business is growing, the market has a need for the product or service you're selling, and you're bringing in employees to expand your business. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is, a lot, if you don't hire the right people. As the head of the company, it is your job to find good employees, figure out what motivates them, and then place them into the job that will make them and your business thrive.
Hiring employees is time-consuming and requires a lot of patience and energy. You have to resist the temptation to fill the job quickly with one of the first few people who come along or hire someone who is only sufficient because you want to stop interviewing and get back to the business of running your business. You also need to hire people who will adapt to and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
Generate a Pool of Candidates
The first step in the process - after you've determined what kind of person you need - is to generate a pool of candidates. Click on Hiring-Do-You-Know-How-to-Pick-Them- for tips on some conventional and unconventional approaches to generate a pool of candidates.
Once you've created a pool of candidates, it's time to start the evaluation process. This is the phase in which you should pay close attention to whether a person has the skills for the job (as opposed to just a good personality or a price tag you like) as well as the aptitude to work in an entrepreneurial environment. There are lots of highly-skilled former corporate employees in the job market now, but not all of them are suited to working for a small company. The way to determine if someone can function in a small business is to ask some unconventional questions. Applicants are less likely to have fat answers to those types of unconventional questions, which means you'll be able to gather some real information during the interview about a person's judgment, willingness to take risks, and decision-making capabilities. Qualities they'll need to thrive in a small company.
An Interactive Hiring Tool to know who to employ
Hiring is one of the toughest elements of small business management. Determining what talent a business needs to succeed, then find the time and know-how to recruit these people. Successful hiring can be expensive and time consuming. Unsuccessful hiring can be disastrous to a company's health. What makes hiring even more challenging than bookkeeping, business planning, or many other business challenges is that help with the hiring process is difficult to find. Recruiters can be expensive, and may not always have the interests of your business at heart. Books can provide some guidance, but can't be customized. The key to helping yourself through the process of finding the right person is to develop a crystal clear idea of what you're looking for. This description must include both the duties the job entails and the type of person who is best suited to those tasks. Once you have a description, success hinges on asking the right questions during the interview process. Throughout the entire hiring process, you also need to evaluate candidates to determine how they will mesh with your company culture and the team members you have in place. They need to be in sync with your company's personality, standards, and vision.
How this hiring tool works
This hiring tool provides you with the elements you need to make a successful hire. Used properly, it will enable you to hire more quickly and with greater success. How does the hiring tool work?
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• develop an accurate job description
• lead you through a series of work-related and personal character traits and to help you determine what you want in an employee
• generate a customized worksheet that can be used to evaluate various candidates for the job opening
• provide you with sample interview questions that can assist in determining whether a candidate meets the above job description
CULLED FROM THE AMERICAN EXPRESS® OPEN SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK PUBLISHED ON THE SME TOOLKIT.
Human Resource is perhaps the most critical constraint when it comes to SME development. For most organisations, when it comes to achieving its set objectives and growth. For bigger organisation, hiring qualified personnel may not be as difficult as it is the case for SMEs. In conclusion, hiring the right employee is very essential
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