Several Start-ups I work with are starting to hire people. With the economy starting to move again along with business growth, there is a need to fill key positions. So how do you hire great people? Kelley Ellis wrote a chapter for our book How Business Gets Done: Words of Wisdom by Central Iowa Experts on hiring great people. Kelley called out several very important points:
- Prepare a strategic plan. Determine the specific tasks and responsibilities for the new hire in the first year of employment.
- Leverage the newest recruiting tools. Along with listing the jobs on your website, make sure you leverage networking sites such as Linked In.
- Combine High-Tech and High Touch approaches. On-line approaches should augment, not replace traditional on-on-one personal contact.
- Do your due diligence. The hiring manager should be the one to check references. Start with the basics when calling a reference. If the reference is receptive, ask more probing questions such as the persons strengths and weaknesses.
Kelley goes on to list 5 questions you should ask yourself and provides a list of resources. Check out the book when you have a moment. There are some great nuggets in there!