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Can you guess the 8 steps in a simple hiring process? In a 3-part series of blog posts we’ll cover all 8 steps that a typical small business owner could mirror.

Step 1. Define the Job Requirements

Define your requirements regarding the job and the candidate—in the order of importance:

  • The job scope—what you want the person to do
  • The candidate’s qualifications—hard skills, soft skills and expertise
  • The job title—position in the business hierarchy

Notice that job title comes last. Most employers start with the job title and build in the problem from the word—Go!

In many small businesses the office manager or the owner himself might define the job requirements.

But—this is important—if you destine the new hire to work for/report to a particular line-manager, then involve that line-manager when defining the job requirements.

You’re the boss; the engine under the bonnet; the hands on the steering wheel, driving the business. All true. But every business is a team effort. At the very least, a second opinion helps with moderation. Moreover, you’re paying good money for that line-manager. Maximise your money. Tap that line-manager’s input. Plus, he has to work the new hire. Give him a say. Get him to buy into the hire.

Step 2. Recruit a Pool of Candidates

Recruit a pool of candidates and remember, the larger the pool the greater the choice. This is the class from which you will choose the best.

There are various avenues for recruiting: via advertisements, referrals and internal recruitments. Increasingly, organisations outsource recruitment to professional agencies—head hunters, as they’re sometimes referred to.

Join me next time for Steps 3, 4 and 5. And keep count of how many steps you guessed.

Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2019