Hire PowerFriday, June 10, 2011
DO be realistic. While it’s typical in a small business for people to wear many hats, consider whether one real live person can manage very different tasks.
DON’T be in a hurry. Keep looking until you find the right person. Of course, you’ll never find someone who’s exactly perfect, but filling a position just because you need someone now is likely to lead to problems later.
DON’T do all the talking. When you’re conducting an interview, it’s typical to just start talking. You’ll want to tell the applicant about the job and your company, but you won’t learn enough aout an applicant if you do all of the talking.
DON’T be overly impressed by credentials. It’s easy to be swayed by names of big corporations or leading universities on a resume. But remember, you’re looking for the best candidate, not the best resume.
DON’T be swayed by your first impression. For important jobs, arrange for a second in-person interview with your top prospects. Also be sure to check references.
DON’T make – or imply – promises of job security or future raises. For legal reasons, be careful not to say anything that can be misinterpreted as an implied contract, such as “I never fire anyone,” or “You’ll be here for at least five years.” It’s a good idea to give new hires an offer letter by spelling out their pay and benefits and making it clear that they’re an at-will employee (meaning you can terminate them without cause).
We hope that these tips helped! If you would like to see the original article, check out The Costco Connection, Hire Power, by Rhonda Abrams.