Steps to finding the right first employee

So you’re ready to hire your first employee. For most small businesses being responsible for someone else is a major milestone. The initial step to finding the right person is to look both inside yourself and at the needs of your business. What am I not getting done in my regular work week? What things do I tackle at the end of the day or the end of the week?

These answers will give you a good idea of what you want your first employee to do. You’ll want that person to complement you and take on the things that you either don’t have the time or skill set to accomplish on a regular basis. Once you figure that out, you have the outline of a job description.

Always write a job description before you place an ad for employment. Cast as wide a net as you can, then narrow the group of responses down to a manageable number you can interview on the phone. Meet with the top three to five people in a face-to-face interview.

Use a rating or ranking system that is similar for each interview so can compare answers once the interviews are complete. If you follow this process, you will end up with a clear number one candidate for the job.

–Barney Cohen

President, Business 360 Northwest


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