Building a strong team requires taking the time to find the RIGHT people. This means team members who not only have the skills you require, but who also fit with your business culture. If you are a solopreneur, this is even more important since your team is that much smaller and each member needs to complement your style. If you’re thinking about hiring help, take a few minutes to read through these tips before you write that job description, to make sure you get the help you need:
Don’t Look For A Clone. How many times have you thought your day would be easier if only you could clone yourself? I know…but stop right there. Trying to hire another version of yourself is not the best approach to take when you’re looking to expand your team. Instead, seek out employees based on a specific skillset you need. When you hire someone for a specific role, it is much easier to evaluate their impact on your business. It can be tempting to try dumping everything on an assistant or intern, but think of it this way: most people like you will be starting their own business, so trying to find someone like yourself might be harder than you think. Instead, try to find someone who really shines with a few skills that are important to your business, so you know the type of work you can pass to them, and that anything you delegate to this person will be done to a specific standard. This might mean you need to hire more than one person to cover the entire workload; however, when you have people in the right roles, everyone wins. Your business will be more productive and efficient, and your team will be happier too.
Identify Synergizing & Desired Values. When hiring you will of course be looking for someone who can “do the job”. However, among the qualified candidates there may be a big difference in how the job gets done – in other words, the approach of each candidate. As a hiring business owner you should be looking for someone who not only shares your values, your passion and work ethic, but who can push you and your business to the next level. This often means someone who brings skills that will help you solidify gaps in your own skillset or that of your entire team. Do you need someone who is highly organized? Do you need someone who can work in a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants environment? And you must also consider practical aspects such as, do you need someone who can work weekends and evenings? Think about these things ahead of time so that when you are interviewing or even writing that job description, you know what skills a candidate needs to be successful in your organization, as well as the skills you are looking for to help stretch and expand your business.
Don’t hide your faults! It can be hard sometimes to let someone see behind the curtain. But whomever you hire will soon be privy to that point of view, and it will be easy for them to identify your faults. If you are late with everything or tend to overpromise or push tight deadlines, this might be something to discuss with serious candidates, possibly during a follow-up interview. Once you know which candidates can do a great job, it’s a good practice to do a follow-up to ensure they are a great fit, and this is a good time to determine if you will be able to work together and compliment one another, despite your respective faults. Everyone has their quirks, even when trying to be the perfect boss or employee. Coming clean with these is an important part of finding out if you will work together well. Having an honest discussion with the person you want to hire will save everyone time and effort in the long run.
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