5 Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

hire-a-manager-for-your-small-businessIt’s exciting. Your company has grown so much that you need to hire your first official employee. Here are five tips to make that process as seamless as possible.

1. Be clear on what you’ll want the new hire to do. Will this be a full-time employee with regular responsibilities or a part-timer who works seasonally or as needed? Will your employee stand in for you during meetings and events or serve as a telecommuting virtual assistant? Making these things clear will help you find the best candidate, and also help prevent people who aren’t a good fit from applying in the first place.

2. Check out the social media profiles of all top candidates. You can learn a lot about a person based on what they post. While you’re doing your research, make sure to check multiple sites. A candidate’s LinkedIn page may list them as timely with great customer service skills, while their Twitter feed may have multiple tweets of “I can’t believe I was late again” and “I just had to curse another customer out. Didn’t he know I was still on break?” If hired, this candidate will represent your brand. You want someone who will do that well.

3. Make sure you get along with the person. You shouldn’t hire based on personality alone, but if you’ve narrowed your hiring choices down to three, equally qualified candidates, go for someone you’d enjoy working with. While you don’t need to befriend the new hire, being able to engage in small talk and avoid awkward silences during the workday are good things.

4. Use recruitment software to track applicants. Once your job announcement has been drafted, the next steps include making sure it’s seen by the right candidates, keeping track of all received resumes and weeding out the wrong applicants. The best way to keep track of all this is by using an applicant tracking software like Recruiterbox. Users can accomplish all the tasks of the hiring process, including:

  • Post your listing to job search engines and social media for a wider reach
  • Search resumes for key words or phrases so that qualified applicants rise to the top
  • Schedule interviews
  • Assign hiring stages and then track applicants as they progress. Know who’s just filled out the application and who’s ready for an in-person interview
  • Take notes right on candidate profile pages to keep track of your impressions as they progress through the hiring stages

Take some of the stress out of hiring your first employee by using Recruiterbox. The software has a 14-day trial, and the basic plan is free.

5. Follow the law. Brush up on legal requirements for hiring and retaining employees. For example, there are certain questions you shouldn’t ask during an interview as they could imply discrimination if the candidate isn’t hired. Once you have an employee on board, there are also things like worker’s compensation insurance and payroll tax deductions to consider. Consult a lawyer, if need be, to make sure you remain compliant.

What helped when you hired your first employee?

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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  3. This is some really good information about hiring your first employee. I liked what you said about how it would be smart to have a plan on how well you are going to do interviews. It does seem to think about if you can get along with the person you are hiring.

    • Thanks for your comment. You definitely want to take personality into account. As you first employee, you’ll be working closely together. You want that to be as seamless as possible.

  4. Automation is best practice for today world. As they simplify the task of HR & Employment Agencies. I think skills judgement matters a lot before hiring. Candidate should be flexible to all the situations.

  5. Great tips! It is important to plan first on how you are going to organize things like from recruitment and questions to ask. Reviewing their prior employment, if any. Maximizing the use of social media.

  6. I agree with all the great tips you have shared with us, Dequiana. This will be a big help for us employers to choose the first employee as a beginner. Thank you for the tip of being aware of the questions to be asked in the interview.

  7. For a couple of reasons. First of all, it may be more difficult to attract the most highly-skilled employees when you’re just starting out; you lack that long-term sticking power that more established companies have.

  8. The candidate you want to hire is one person committed to his or her career. You don’t want to hire a staff member who frequently switches careers or jobs, just to get a higher salary. If a candidate is not loyal to any company, it could certainly be a problem for your business to hire that person. Thank you for sharing.

  9. My first hire was 20 years my junior and relied on schedules to get things done. I, on the other hand, am more freewheeling. But she’s a perfect fit because she complements my way of working. Over time she’s grown into managing portions of my business that I neglected — like maintaining scheduling and billing.

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  11. I definitely agree that social media sites of the candidates should also be checked by the employer before hiring them. Some candidates might look too appealing because of their CV until you realize that their social media personality might damage the company’s brand. If I were to have my own company, I’ll save myself the effort and just hire an employment agency’s services so they can handle all the difficult parts of screening a candidate.

  12. If you are ready to hire your first employee, congrats, you have come a long way. Follow the steps listed in this post, if they seem overwhelming, consider working with a recruitment firm.

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  15. The candidate you need to hire is one individual focused on their career. You would prefer not to employ a staff part who often switches vocations or occupations, just to get a more significant compensation. In the event that a competitor isn’t faithful to any organization, it could absolutely be an issue for your business to employ that individual. Much thanks to you for sharing.

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  17. When hiring your first full-time employee, ensure you have a clear job description outlining roles, responsibilities, and expectations. Consider cultural fit as well as skills and experience during the selection process to find someone who aligns with your company’s values and vision. Lastly, provide thorough onboarding and training to set your new employee up for success and integrate them seamlessly into your team.

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