When the time comes to find a new employee it can be difficult for business owners to choose the right person for the job.
There will certainly be key factors that you will need to consider. Qualifications and experience will be the obvious ones that come to mind. Of course some jobs require qualifications by law whilst for others qualifications can be useful but are not a legal requirement.
Experience can often be over rated as many jobs are merely the same thing repeated many times over. A new person could reach the experienced level in a relatively short time.
Key qualities that you need to focus on should be those personal qualities of the job applicant themselves. Is this a “nice” person? That sounds a bit old fashioned but nice people are a pleasure to work with and are not likely to upset existing staff members or any customers that they deal with.
Are they outgoing or introverted? Do they communicate well and seem to understand things reasonably quickly? Do they have a good grasp of language and grammar? Are they numerate? If numbers are part of the job description this is important and please note good maths exams do not always tell the truth!
There are many other questions you could ask that are not linked to their qualifications or experience but will help you in your business. A good friend of mine always goes back to the question: “Are they are a nice person?” before employing anyone. He has realised over the years that just because a person has already proven that they can do the job does not mean that they will fit in with your organisation.
Choosing the right person for the job can be difficult particularly if not many candidates are coming forward for interview. However be careful not to rush into choosing a new employee for the sake of expediency. The phrase ‘choose in haste and repent at leisure’ comes to mind.
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