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Responsible Hiring Practices for Small Business Owners

Posted on in Business Law

Arlington Heights business law attorneysLarge, multinational companies seem to always be hiring. Proof of this can be seen in a typical Walmart where touchscreen application kiosks have replaced resumes and cover letters. Of course, a large company like Walmart may have a constant need for new employees, but it is also better insulated against hiring mistakes. As a small business owner, hiring the wrong person can be quite costly, and the process itself can consume valuable time and resources. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent expensive mistakes and to make the recruitment process more efficient.

Know the Landscape

You may think you know where to find the best candidates, but are you certain? Before posting a job opening, it is a good idea to do your homework on where to find qualified applicants. This could include various online job posting sites, as well as local colleges, universities, and trade schools. You may be surprised to learn that there are more qualified candidates looking for jobs than you initially thought.

Be Specific About the Job

When you post an opening, you should already know what that employee’s role in your company will be. Avoid the temptation to create a general listing. Instead, be specific about the duties of the position and how the new  employee will fit into your culture and business plan. Be sure to list required skills and expectations, as well as possible challenges. The best candidates will be motivated to take on these challenges, giving them an advantage over the rest of the applicants.

Networking for Leads

While you may be willing to hire a complete stranger, posting an ad on a large job site is more or less a gamble on the unknown. Meanwhile, you may already have a vast network of people you know who could recommend a qualified candidate. Your network may include business associates, friends, and even your current staff. In fact, your employees may be an excellent source of referrals. They will be the ones who will have to work with the new hire, which means they are more likely to recommend someone they work well with and who will contribute to the success of the company.

Use References

If you decide to hire someone you do not know, ask for references and make use of them. It is unusual in today’s business landscape for a previous employer or other references to speak ill of a candidate, but you can usually read between the lines of what they do say. If a previous employer will only confirm employment dates, there is a good chance that the candidate had some issues during his or her time working there. Similarly, if the entire list of references consists of family members or teachers, for example, your candidate’s work experience may be limited.

On the other hand, you will usually be able to tell that a particular reference thinks very highly of the candidate. Personal anecdotes and genuine compliments are generally a good sign that the applicant is worth your time.

Call an Illinois Business Lawyer

Owning a successful business requires a great deal of work and careful attention to detail. If you have questions about hiring practices for your company, contact an experienced Arlington Heights business law attorney. Call 847-749-4182 for a confidential consultation at A. Traub & Associates today.



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