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Small Business Hiring: Quick ways to improve your process

Posted by Erin Borgerson on May 9, 2013

Let's cut to the chase - you don't have the time to spend on hiring, but you don't have the resources to let someone else handle it. We get it, it's not a good position to be in. But we're here to help. We put together this reference guide to help you, small business owners, spend less time hiring and more time working alongside your team. 

small business hiringTake a few minutes over the weekend, read through this guide and learn what you need to in order to make qualified hiring decisions. From ATS to Zingers, you'll walk away feeling confident in your hiring abilities. 

But until you have time to read through the guide, here's a sparknotes version...

Chapter One: Sourcing

Summary: Make it easy

Synopsis: Candidates don't want to jump through hoops in order to learn more about your company and apply for open positions. After seeing the job description, they want to click a few buttons, upload their resume and be done with the application. They also want to be able to learn about your company in a matter of minutes. Truthfully, they don't care about the history and mission - they just want to know what it's like to work there. 

Take away: Cater to these expectations and candidate sourcing will become easier in the blink of an eye. 

Chapter Two: Interviewing

Summary: "Don't wing it"

Synopsis: It's not just the interviewees who need to prepare, the interviewer should as well. This means an interview guide and scorecard should be put together in order to get the most out of the interview. It doesn't do anyone any good to just ask questions that can be answered by looking at the candidate's resume.

Take away: Interview guides and scorecards are key to a successful interview.

Chapter Three: Screening

Summary: It's all about technology

Synopsis: Screening candidates can be an extremely time-consuming process. But with technologies such as applicant tracking systems (ATS), cloud-based platforms and Internet-based surveys, time spent hiring can be cut in half.

Take away: Move your hiring process to the 21st century

Chapter Four: Verifying

Summary: Reduce (or even eliminate) turnover with verification!

Synopsis: Although it adds a bit of time to the hiring process, verification services can save you from making a bad hire and having to deal with replacement costs. From skills tests and personality evaluations to background checks, there's a wide variety of verification services to choose from. 

Take away: Test, test, test!

Chapter Five: Hiring 

Summary: Don't make a bad hire

Synopsis: Before you make a hiring decision, determine what's driving that decision. Is it a "gut-feeling" or is it the interview and skills testing scores? If it's the latter, then you're good to go. But if you're trusting your gut, you may be making a bad hire. 

Take away: We repeat, don't make a bad hire

Now when you have a few free minutes, be sure to check out the Small Businesses' Reference Guide to Hiring and learn what it takes to make great hires!

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Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today! 


How to Hire, Small Business Hiring

Erin Borgerson

About the Author

Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.