Hiring the Wrong Employees Can Break the Back of your Business
As a small business owner myself, I know all too well the pain of hiring bad employees. If you are a small business owner, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Bad employees can disrupt your daily work flow, cost you a lot of money, and ruin the morale of your existing team.
I stumbled on a great hiring tips video from Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy. In summary Bob suggests:
1. Be Patient
Don't be so quick to hire your employees. Take your time, do your research. An employee hired in under ten minutes can break you even quicker than that.
2. Check References
A lot of employers seem to think they understand this, but quite frequently, just the presence of the references on the resume is enough for them. This couldn't be further from the truth. Extracting the information you need from references is the key. Be sure to ask the listed references from the resume, for ADDITIONAL references. This is the key to success here.
3. Screening for Drug-Free Applicants
Drugs and drug usage by your employees can quickly the many difficult years of what you have built. Adopy a drug free policy and require mandatory testing. It may seem tedious as you want to trust your staff, but if no one is doing anything, no one will have anything to hide.
4. Valuing Experience over Education
This can be tricky because a highly educated individual may just not have had the opportunity yet to show their mettle. However, if your business is in a volatile growth period where the slightest misstep may make or break you, you may want to lean on the experienced individual who exudes more confidence and has been tested. Everyone makes mistakes, but I think people are less likely to make them if they have made them elsewhere once or twice before.
5. Background Check & Credit Report
You can learn a whole lot about an individual by pulling these items. This isn't a tool to unfairly label the person in a particular category, but it will arm you with information that you can ask the applicant for explanations on. Their responses will go a long way to helping you make the final decision.
6. Ask Several Behavioral Style Questions
Again, gauging the response to the questions, will tell you a lot about the character of the person you are looking to hire.
An example of such a question might be: "What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job?Give an example of how you handled them."
7. If you have made a mistake, don't be afraid to part ways quickly. Be decisive.
As Bob says, if you pay an employee half of the wage you promise them, they will be sure to quit, however if you receive half the productivity you bargained for, you should be quick to release.