If you want your business to grow, you will ultimately need to hire one or more employees. However, finding the “right” person is easier said than done.
The key to success is finding the person that has the necessary job skills along with the attitude and values that complement your team. An intentional and consistent hiring process will increase the likelihood of success.
Key steps in a good hiring process include:
• Decide what position you need to fill, and how much value it will add to your business

• Identify both technical and “soft” skills required for the position

• Prepare interview questions that are open-ended and will give you insights as to how the candidate will react in various business situations

• Interview multiple candidates
Most important part of hiring:
Don’t be in a hurry to hire. If a candidate does not seem to be the right “fit”, continue looking. Hiring mistakes are costly in terms of time and money.

Online  Resources

http://humanresources.about.com/ – A good resource for all aspects of hiring

http://www.onetonline.org/ – a good resource for writing job descriptions

Hiring Your First Employee? The Small Business Administration gives you 8 steps that can help you start the hiring process and ensure that you are compliant with regulations.

Employee Recruitment – The Idaho Department of Labor is your source for listing jobs, getting referrals, and federal forms such as the I-9 and W-4.

Recruiting Employees (PDF) – A summary of the recruitment services available with the Idaho Department of Labor.

Hiring Incentives & Tax Credits – Learn what state and federal programs are available to help train your employees while you earn tax credits for your business.

Hiring Employees vs. Independent Contractors – Independent contractors and employees are not the same, and it’s important to understand the difference. Knowing this distinction will help you determine what your first hiring move will be and affect how you withhold a variety of taxes and avoid costly legal consequences.

The 7 C’s: How to Find and Hire Great Employees (Forbes.com) – In today’s economy, hiring the best people is more critical than ever. Entrepreneurs can’t afford to lose time, money and results from a bad hiring choice.