Many small business owners are nervous about hiring permanent staff, especially if they've been burned in the past. Here's a few thoughts to help point you in the right direction:
1) No-one gets it right all the time: Talk to any HR heavyweight and you won't have to dig far to uncover their hiring howlers, that's part of how you learn and you never stop learning/improving, not even as the most talented headhunter in the business. If you've made mistake/s in the past embrace them as a positive because you will have learned from them; they don't mean you are necessarily going to make a bad decision the next time.
2) Don't be constrained by "PoP" (Perfect on Paper): It's rare if not impossible to find the right person for a role based purely on their CV; most hiring managers know this which is why we interview. However most forget to reverse this principle and give face to face meetings to candidates who sound promising but don't quite tick off every item on our list.
3) Values are the most essential part of any hire: Understanding how to identify and work with the consequences of the candidate's core values is an absolute must both in terms of making the right decision in the first place and subsequently engaging them in the role. For example, if stability is a core value for your candidate and the role you're hiring for requires someone who's flexible, dynamic and embraces new challenges, we have a disconnect that'll be hard to manage around.
Posted by Emma. Posted In : Marketing A Small Business