Owning your own startup can be an exciting adventure, but can easily become overwhelming if your startup begins to grow quickly. Growth can be both a blessing and a curse for new business owners; growth is an exciting opportunity, but it can also inundate the startup owner with countless tasks. If you’re at this stage, you might be ready to hire your first employee. For startup owners, heading up the hiring process might be a first, which can be understandably daunting. It may be difficult for business owners to know how to start the process. How do you hire the right person?

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Things to Consider Before Posting a Job Ad

Before you start writing a job ad, it’s important to consider the specific function you want your new employee to serve. When writing the job description to be included with the job ad, make sure to be specific about what duties your employee will be responsible for immediately and farther down the road. Be very straight forward and thorough in your job description; you don’t want to write a job description that implies the employee will focus solely on advertising, and then expect the employee to making copies and balance the books the majority of the time.
Another key issue to consider before posting a job ad is how much you are comfortable paying your new employee. It’s important to consider the typical salary for the type of employee you are trying to hire. Check out Glass Door’s salary estimator tool, which allows you to search for salary ranges for specific job titles and geographical locations. Keep in mind the extraneous costs of employing someone outside of salary, such as tax burdens and possible retirement provisions.

Interviewing to Find the Right Fit

It’s vital to prepare thoroughly for an interview. This will make you and the interviewee much more comfortable and at ease. Think critically about the questions you choose to ask, because they can either get to the heart of what you’re interested in, or provide you with little useful information. Instead of asking the standard question “tell me about your weaknesses,” consider asking a question that reveals more about an interviewee’s character, such as “tell me about a time when you experienced failure and how you dealt with it.” This question can reveal what the candidate considers a failure and how they overcame that particular experience. Don’t ask interview questions just for the sake of asking, but rather make sure that they strategically reveal information that you’re interested in.

Paperwork to Complete After Hiring

Once you select your final candidate, you can use the tools that The Start Up Donut provide, including templates for job offer letters. Also, consider items you would like to include in an employee contract, as well as a company statement of purpose.

Detailed Instructions

If you need more detailed information about the hiring process, check out the above info graphic that Simply Business created. There are links under each category to further resources.