Small business owners are often tasked with doing it all. Some sole proprietors must become the R&D department, the marketing department, accountant and the human resources staff, all rolled into one person. It can be daunting, to say the least; but here are four tips for making at least the human resources and hiring portion of your job easier:
1. Brand Yourself as a Desirable Employer
Many small business owners are already using social media to promote their business and product/service. If you are one of these small business owners, consider working in some posts that showcase the desirability of your business as a place to work. Vignettes of your company culture in the form of essays from current employees or videos showing what you do and how you do it can paint your workplace and business in a positive light. You’ll naturally draw in desirable candidates, making the screening process easier.
2. Small business owners should create a Hiring Process, Document It, and Use It
As your staff grows, you’ll begin to get a sense of which interview questions and training programs yield the most valuable results and effective hiring. Document these practices and refine them over time to systematize your screening, hiring and new staff onboarding as much as possible. Create job-specific interview questions and processes to maximize your hiring success, and put them into practice.
3. Small business owners need to do Background Checks
A quality employment screening service can eliminate the guesswork in candidate variables such as a criminal history and past credit history. Make use of a professional employment screening service to help you eliminate candidates who may be a security risk to your organization. You can also outsource your education and employment verification needs. Be sure to inform applicants that there will be a background check and comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act when looking into their past.
4. Consider Pre-Employment Testing
Pre-employment testing is another effective way to determine if a candidate will be a fit for the job and for your business. Create an assessment that will assist you in weeding out candidates who are not a fit and help you to determine the most talented and qualified applicants.
Small business owners must often wear many hats, from sparking innovation to keeping tabs on bookkeeping to screening and hiring new talent. Use these four tips to make the human resources portion of your job easier so that you can hire reliable, quality staff for your growing enterprise.