Small Business Hiring: Quick ways to improve your process

By Adam Robinson,
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. 

Take 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!

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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