Now that the Covid pandemic is behind us, people are looking to launching new businesses or expanding their old ones, to make up for the time lost. Having a genius idea is great when launching a new business, but finding the right staff is equally important. No idea works on its own, you need a team to put it into practice.
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when hiring people for your new business.
Give young people a chance
When building your new team you’ll be looking for good professionals, preferably with a lot of work experience. On the other hand, such professionals might not be interested in a new business venture, or they might expect higher wages than you can afford at this time.
The solution is to look for young professionals, with little experience, but lots of enthusiasm. Also, being fresh out of school they’re probably more up to date with modern ideas and technologies than people who finished their education 20 years ago.
Do background checks on all your employees
Bad hires affect productivity and employees’ morale, something you cannot afford at this stage. It’s best to make background checks part of your hiring strategy, to avoid having people with all sorts of offences on their criminal record on your staff. Would you want a driver with several drunk driving offences on their record or an accountant who was convicted of embezzlement? Probably not. You can explain to the job applicants that it’s nothing personal. You just want to be cautious and protect your investment.
Also, it need not be a bothersome issue. The best thing you can do is use the services of an online character check agency like ANCC (website link: australiannationalcharactercheck.com.au) that is accredited with the federal government. Such agencies provide 100% accurate background checks with a minimum of red tape, and they work extremely fast. Usually, you can get the results back in 2-3 business days and the moment you have the police check on a candidate you can proceed to hiring them.
Check the candidates social media accounts
The first screening tool is the CV candidates send in, and you should always check those carefully. However, when you have several candidates with a similar educational background and work experience how do you decide which of them you should hire?
You should think in terms of the team you want to build and choose the kind of people you’d be most comfortable working with. Many Australian businesses now check a potential employee’s social media accounts to get a feel of who they really are. You can google a person’s name to see if anything shows up and then you can check their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. This should give you an idea of their personality, hobbies and world views.
Snooping around their social media accounts you can also see what sort of company they keep and if in their habit of talking online about their work. This is very important as you want someone to promote your company, but you certainly don’t need someone who talks badly about their employer or talks too much about their job. When you’re starting a new business you don’t want someone spilling all your secrets on the web.