Nothing defines a small business as much as the employees. Obtaining widespread brand recognition is a work in progress for many small businesses. Dedicated and motivated employees can make a huge difference. They can help generate positive word-of-mouth and turn first-time customers into repeat customers.
For this reason, making the right hire is absolutely critical for a small business owner. Many small businesses hire temporary employees as a cost-saving measure. Even with a temporary employee, finding one who has the skills, experience and personality to help make your business flourish remains important.
Consider using these guidelines in your search for a temporary employee:
Ask the right questions
There’s no better way to read a job candidate than asking the right questions. Their answers can reveal their personality, goals and ambitions, how well they work with others and anything else that affects job performance. It can let you determine their potential for a particular position or even multiple positions.
Asking the right questions can also uncover potential red flags. You can discern if a person has characteristics of a bad employee. A resume or application reveals where a person worked, but only solid interview questions uncovers how they work.
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- Focus on potential
Focusing only on your immediate needs when you are screening job candidates is a mistake. Small business owners can spur better business growth when they hire an employee who has capability to grow with them. You must consider how an employee can help both in short-term and long-term situations.
Look for natural qualities that help an employee excel within their assigned role. Qualities like good communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and emotional intelligence will help an employee progress into a leadership or managerial position.
Consider other employees
An employee’s personality can influence your small business culture for good or for bad. You should always make sure they are compatible with the position. Opposites might attract when dating, but that principle doesn’t usually hold true in the business world.
Think of your other employees when making a hire. Will the new employee work well with them? Small business owners have a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Avoid hiring employees who can threaten such an environment with unrealistic expectations or negative personality traits.
Check social media profiles
Doing a background check is essential before hiring any employee. In the digital age, this includes checking out their social media profile. A simple Google search can turn up some details. Looking at things like Facebook pages and Twitter feeds can fill in the rest of the blanks.
Look for how the candidate behaves on social media. It will give you a good idea of how they will be as an employee. Online behavior cannot be ignored because it will directly impact how customers view your business.
Let candidates ask questions
Make a point of letting the candidate have a voice. Never be the only one to ask questions. Let them ask questions about your business. It is useful for both employer and potential employee.
For the job candidate, asking questions helps them decide if they are good fit for the position. For the employer, it lets them see what a candidate values and sees as important.