Starting your own business is not easy, so congratulations on this major accomplishment! How exciting that you have finally made your dreams a reality! Now that you are getting your business on its feet, there are quite a few more things you will need to accomplish. Like hiring people to help you! Don’t let this thought stress you out. We are here for you! We have a few ideas to make the hiring process as easy as can be!
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Do a Background Check
There are seven different types of background checks you can do to hire at the caliber that you want for your startup. You can run reports for identity verification, credit background checks, criminal background checks, motor vehicle records, fingerprint background checks, E-verify background checks, and professional license and education background checks.
You should pick the one that you feel best pertains to the type of work the employee will be doing, that way you can see if they are a good fit for your business. By spending a small amount of money, you could be saving tons in the long run. It will help you to make the right pick first, and not have to rehire for quite some time!
2. Be Flexible
If we learned anything in 2020, it is that flexibility is key. You want to make sure that you are being flexible when it comes to the hiring process and interviewing applicants. This will make it so you aren’t turning down people who could be a great benefit to you. Think back to when you were in their shoes and know that they are having to rearrange their life to make this happen. Be sensitive to that and give them the grace that can only be given with flexibility.
3. Have an Open Mind
There are significantly more things that can happen for you and your business if you are willing to have an open mind and say yes. That means you won’t be denying someone right off the bat based on a small discrepancy, you won’t be closing off to potential applicants, and ultimately, you won’t be portraying your business in a negative light. This is vital for a startup because this process will reflect your business for years to come!
4. Have a Large Pool to Pull From
Yes, having a smaller pool to choose from seems easier because there are fewer applicants to weed through, but really, that limits the possibilities for you to find someone great. Think of all the people you could be missing out on by shutting down the process with just a few applicants. Give yourself the space to find the right choice and open up that applicant pool!
5. Be Inclusive
It is vital in businesses to make sure that you are being inclusive, especially in the hiring process. If you can do that, your business will be stronger and more diverse. Plus, you are giving everyone a voice and a seat at the table! There is truly nothing bad that can come from inclusivity.
6. Have a List of “Musts”
Having lists to pull from of some qualities that you want in an employee, will help you to stay on track and keep a good focus on who you are looking for. It will help you to not be swayed and influenced to change your mind about who you want. Though it is ok to amend your list and adjust it, it is good to have a base list of wants. Have a few things that you are not willing to negotiate on. This will make a huge difference and make it so you get closer and closer to finding the best fit!
Once again, congrats on getting to launch your startup! We hope that you find a good team to support and believe in your dreams!