How To Choose The Right Team Member For Your Small Business

How To Choose The Right Team Member For Your Small Business

If you run a small business, you should already know that every team member counts. If your company only consists of three people, then each one is responsible for 33% of your company’s workload. If one of them is underperforming, then it could derail the entire operation. You don’t have the luxury that big companies have: if one of their staff is underperforming then there are hundreds of others to pick up the slack. That’s why choosing the right staff is crucial.

Do They Have Attention To Detail

This attribute is pretty easy to assess. In fact, you won’t need to meet the candidate in person. Simply look at the CV or resume they applied with and see the number of typos and grammatical errors.

Assess Their Commitment

To grow your small business, you need workers who will stick around for the long haul. Nobody wants a team member that hops between jobs like a frog. A good way to get an idea of a candidate’s commitment levels is to have a look at their resume and see how long they have stuck it out at their previous positions.

Do They Have The Right Skill Set Or Are They Just Pretending?

Some candidates can talk the talk but simply can’t walk the walk. You should never take someone’s word at face value. If they say that they have certain skills, then get them to prove it. Consider incorporating job-specific skill tests into your hiring process.

Find Out What Their Qualifications Are Like

Depending on the job, the right qualifications could be crucial or not matter that much. Regardless of the situation, you should still check where they studied and in what major.  The ability to complete a degree is also further evidence of their ability to commit to something. Have a look at to find out more about what qualifications you should have your eyes peeled for.

Do You Like Them

You’re going to have to be working with them all day, so try and pick someone you like. You definitely want to avoid those who are rude, disrespectful, and simply unprofessional.

Do They Have The Right Salary Expectations

If you’re running a small business, you might not be able to offer the most competitive salary. What you really need is a worker who is still prepared to work hard and grow as the company grows.

You should make it clear that you will be offering promotions and pay increases as your company develops in size. You should offer some non-monetary benefits such as free training.

Can They Perform Under Pressure

A popular interview technique is to present candidates with an out-of-the-blue question (that doesn’t relate to your industry) and to see how they perform. Another option is to get them to complete a timed test or task.

Every work environment can get stressful at times, regardless of the industry. You want to determine if they are likely to handle it when the going gets tough or will crack under pressure.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, your next hire works out right. By putting in the effort to thoroughly assess them, you will hopefully get a good worker who will help your business grow to the next level.

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