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Are you about to hire your first employee?

Entrepreneurs start out as a one-man band, add devout followers and then add skilled technicians. It’s the normal evolution of an entrepreneurial business. At this stage, the new business owner needs people who will serve as an extension of the brand. He or she will want people who, when others see them, will see the business at a glance.

Entrepreneurs start out as a one-man band, add devout followers and then add skilled technicians. It’s the normal evolution of an entrepreneurial business. At this stage, the new business owner needs people who will serve as an extension of the brand. He or she will want people who, when others see them, will see the business at a glance.

When hiring a company’s first employees, do these things first:

1. Ask the people whom you respect the most. Go to those people, as if approaching a board of directors, and inquire about the best ways they’ve found their top employees. Also consider the businesses you frequent that have great employees. Then go to the managers and ask them how they hire.

2. Check out candidates’ social media profiles.  By going to candidates’ social media pages, you may gain a sense of their worthiness in terms of timeliness and dependability. You can also gain a perspective on their social life and habits. But do remember this should not affect your opinion as much as you should just look out for obvious aspects like criminal activity and their manner of dealing with issues.

 3. Be clear about what you want. Know the characteristics that you’re looking for and detail that in the job requirements. Understand the difference between what you think you want and what the job really needs.

4. It’s OK to say no.  Don’t settle for someone who you feel in your gut you might have to let go in two months. It isn’t good for you, the company or the candidate.

5. Prepare for the interview. The interviewer should be as prepared as the interviewee. Have questions ready to ask that will capture a portrait of who the person is.

6. Take top candidates out for dinner. It’s one thing to be buttoned up for an interview and something completely different to go out for a casual meal in jeans. How he or she treats the staff offers other clues.

Considering these major points, end of the day you can either hire an HR company to acquire canidates for you, or you can go with what you know, keep your emotions disciplined and trust your gut.  Good luck growing your business!

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