Naperville Business Law Attorney Talks About Good Hiring Practices for Your Small Business
Large, multinational companies always seem to be hiring. Proof of this can be seen in a typical Walmart where touchscreen application kiosks have replaced resumes and cover letters. Of course, a large company like Walmart may have a constant need for new employees, but it is also better insulated against hiring mistakes. As a small business owner, hiring the wrong person can be quite costly, and the process itself can consume valuable time and resources. Fortunately, with the help of a qualified business law attorney, there are some things you can do to prevent expensive mistakes and to make the recruitment process more efficient.
Know the Landscape
You might think that you know where to find the best candidates, but are you certain? Before posting a job opening, it is a good idea to do your homework on the best places to find qualified applicants. This could include various online job posting sites, as well as local colleges, universities, and trade schools. You may be surprised to learn that there are more qualified candidates looking for jobs than you initially expected.
Be Specific About the Job
When you post an opening, you should already know what that employee’s role in your company will be. Avoid the temptation to create a general listing. Instead, be specific about the duties of the position and how the new employee will fit into your culture and business plan. Be sure to list required skills and expectations, as well as possible challenges. The best candidates will be motivated to take on these challenges, giving them an advantage over the rest of the applicants.
Networking for Leads
While you may be willing to hire a complete stranger, posting an ad on a large job site is essentially a gamble on the unknown. Meanwhile, you probably already have a vast network of people you know who could recommend a qualified candidate. Your network may include business associates, friends, and even your current staff. In fact, your employees may be an excellent source of referrals. They will be the ones who will have to work with the new hire, which means they are more likely to recommend someone they would work well with and who would contribute to the success of the company.
If you decide to hire someone that you do not know, ask for references and make use of them. It is unusual in today’s business landscape for a previous employer or other references to speak ill of a candidate, but you can usually read between the lines of what they do say. If a previous employer will only confirm employment dates, there is a good chance that the candidate had some issues during his or her time working there. Similarly, if the entire list of references consists of family members or teachers, for example, your candidate’s work experience may be limited.
On the other hand, you will usually be able to tell that a particular reference thinks very highly of the candidate. Personal anecdotes and genuine compliments are generally a good sign that the applicant is worth your time.
Call a DuPage County Small Business Lawyer
Owning a successful business requires a great deal of work and careful attention to detail. If you have questions about hiring practices for your company, contact a skilled Naperville business law attorney. With our experience and resources, we are equipped to help you develop good hiring practices so that your small business can thrive for many years to come. Call 630-756-1160 for a confidential consultation at the Gierach Law Firm today.