If your business has grown enough for you to hire your first employee that success should be celebrated, although the prospect might be a little daunting. It does mean that you will be able to share some of the many tasks you have to undertake as a business owner, but at the same time you are taking on a great responsibility in becoming an employer. This is a step forward for you and you need to try your best to find the right employee.
Start With A Detailed Job Description
This is very important as it gives you the chance to decide exactly what you want your first employee to do. How can they help to make your life a little easier? Can they be productive and help the business grow further? Will they take over mundane tasks so that you can concentrate on the sales? Knowing exactly what you expect of them is vital for you.
You need to put it clearly and concisely in a job description so that anyone that applies for the position will have a good idea what the job will be like. You should also mention qualifications they will need if any are required.
Rank each task in an order of importance as there may be a candidate that is ideal but they need to learn more about something.
Prepare For The Interviews
Being prepared for interviews can save you a lot of time. This is crucial when you are so busy you have to hire someone. Of course, their resume will have all their personal details on and what experience they have gained in previous jobs.
To understand them better as a person you need to have some critical thinking interview questions ready. For instance, what would you do if you noticed a manager was blaming the wrong person for a problem rather than admit they were at fault? If an order is delivered late and the customer cancels it and closes their account, how would you repair the damage and keep the customer?
Questions such as these give you more of an insight into their personality and can help you decide if you would get on well with them. With just two of you working together that is an aspect you have to consider when you are deciding which candidate to employ.
Be Sure To Train Them
It does not matter how much experience they have every business works differently. You need to find the time to train them to your way of working and remember that you cannot expect them to be productive for the first few weeks while they are learning.
This whole process does get simpler, as when you come to hire employee number 2, your first employee will be there to help train them.
Lastly, one of your duties as an employer is to make sure that your working environment is a safe place for your employees to work in and you have to be adequately insured in case they are injured at work. There are many other legal duties that apply, but those two are probably the most important.