How to Find and Keep the Best Man for the Job

One of the most difficult tasks involved with owning a business is finding good help. It is true what they say. It really is hard to find.

There are some practical steps that can help you find the best person for the job, however. The hiring process is difficult and can take time, but if you do it right, you should only have to do it once.

The Application
This is your first peek at those that want the work. Make it more than simply personal information. Ask detailed questions and look for the answers that mean something. Why do you want this job? Tell me about a problem you have solved recently. Why do you think you would be a good fit for this position?

The first purpose this serves is somewhat discrete. It weeds out those who are lazy. If they do not take the time to fill the form out, you are better off without them. You can also tell laziness from the way the questions are answered.

The Interview
This can involve more than just a face-to-face. While you want that and you definitely have to take dress, personality, and attitude into consideration, there are other things that can be done to make this process more useful.

Do not neglect to utilize personality tests. Understanding these test and what they say about your applicants can help you determine if they are right for a specific job. They can be a great person and a great worker, but just not right for the job you are looking to fill.

Get Social
While obviously not all social media activity should not be held against a person, the fact is you can tell a lot about someone from their social media accounts. If they are not private, take a look. Use the information gained prudently and in perspective, but red flags should be noted.

Check references, and remember to put them into perspective as well. Is what he reference said relevant to the job for which you are hiring? Do you have all the information? Does it line up with the other information you have? References are crucial, but not the only thing that should be considered.

Keep Them
If you have good help, keep them. Treat them with respect, offer them opportunity to better their position, and pay them fairly. If they need flexibility and work hard, offer it as much as possible. Listen to their ideas and given them credit where credit is due. It isn’t hard to keep good help if you make them feel needed and show them they are appreciated. That will usually do the trick.

Of course just like anything else, no job has a one size fits all trick for finding the right person. Apply these tactics as needed and as fits the situation, remembering that in the end, nothing is certain.

Faith Stewart

Faith Stewart is a wife, mom, and freelance writer. She earned a BBA with a major in accounting and spent 10 years working in the fields of finance and accounting before pursuing her passion for helping small business owners and entrepreneurs through writing.