Hiring New Employees: A Guide To Dos And Don’ts

Bringing new employees into your company is a crucial part of any business’ growth, but it comes with its own risks. Here are some of the most important dos and don’ts that you need to be aware of.


Do: Be Clear On Your Needs

Look for a new employee to fill an essential role that is clearly defined. Talk to your partners and colleagues about what is currently missing from your company. Identify areas that you want to grow into and draw up a person profile based on these skillsets. Avoid assuming that someone will cover more than two of your requirements.


Don’t: Be Vague On Your Job Listing

Create a person specification that includes every requirement, from experience to location. Remember that there is a huge number of job seekers out there and you will receive a lot of applications. Be clear on essentials and desirables in your listing. Be explicit about whether an applicant can use transferable skills. State whether they can work remotely.


Do: Understand Immigration Law

Research visa requirements before you think about hiring workers from outside the USA. Remember that different industries may need different visas for employment. Understand your responsibilities as an employer before you agree to sponsor an immigrant worker. Look at the H-2A visa program if your agricultural business requires seasonal workers, and you can prove that there are not enough US workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available.


Don’t: Rush The Interview Process

Establish a structure for your job interviews with the other interviewers. Assign roles for each of you and be prepared to ask difficult questions. Think about what questions the interviewee may have for you. Prepare questions that will illuminate their personality as much as their expertise. Remember that there needs to be a fit beyond their experience and ability.


Do: Be Considerate Of Their Needs

Offer remote and video interviews if you can. Be flexible on interview times if the interviewee has commitments outside of work. Remember that the pandemic has impacted many people’s ability to work because of physical health, mental health, and family responsibilities. Allow the interviewee to explain any gaps in their resume. Welcome discussion about mental health and the company culture. Address any concerns that they may have about workplace safety and COVID-19 protocols.


Don’t: Wait Too Long

Tell the interviewee how long they will have to wait at the end of the interview. Reply to any prospective employees within a week. Avoid missing out on your first choice because you kept them waiting too long.

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