A small business has a bigger challenge than a larger entity when it comes to recruiting employees. Employees are the engine that keeps a business running; therefore, for optimal productivity, entrepreneurs and management want staff that can take initiative, work hard and meet objectives. A small business may also have smaller capital to work with; so while management may prefer a more experienced candidate, the business may not be able to afford to hire that person. Small businesses have to look carefully at how they recruit employees as well as how interviews are conducted. The offer is also very important because this is where the manager seals the deal with the potential employee.
There are many different ways that any business can recruit employees. Ads can be run in a newspaper, via a job recruiting website or through an employment agency. A small business owner may also opt to recruit based on references from other colleagues. Depending on the type of business, management can use either of these methods to find the most suitable candidates to shortlist for interviews. For example, if an administrative assistant is needed to work in a small law office, then any of the previously listed methods can be used; but the applicant should be required to send their application via email. This is a way to test their email etiquette.
Managers have to be ready to interview the candidates whose applications are shortlisted. Just as the potential employee will come prepared, the manager has to prepare for the interview. Questions should be prepared in advance. In addition, management should share the responsibilities of the job and present scenarios to the interviewee to determine how well he or she handles situations. Depending on the nature of the business operation, a test can also be administered to determine the candidate's command of English and mathematical skills. After all, every manager wants to hire employees that can boost business productivity.
After the interview is completed, it is time to select the successful candidate to join the team. Managers have to look at the requirements of the job and what the potential employee brings to the organization. While there are persons who may be overqualified, an offer can still be made with a promise for growth in the future if the salary is not commensurate to the work load.
Every small business has the challenge of recruiting employees that can boost productivity and complement the current management. It is imperative that management recruits the best employees through the most effective recruitment techniques and interviews.