For small business owners like you, trying to find your first employee can be a challange. When hiring employees, small business owners must ensure that they are meeting their tax and legal obligations, and you must also make sure that you are hiring the "right" candidates for the job. In order to most successfully hire your first employees, we’ve outlined 8 key steps to finding the perfect fit.
- Obtain an EIN or an Employer Identification Number if one has not already been assigned to the company.
- Open bank accounts in your company's name if one does not already exist. Employees' pay should be taken from these accounts.
- Obtain copies of all of the documents necessary to report the new hire to the government and to operate the business legally. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has published a description of all of these forms on its website.
- Create a job description. The job description should be accurate and understandable, and it should include an overview of both the company and the position (i.e., tasks involved, qualifications, salary range, etc.). More tips for writing effective job descriptions can be found online via Inc.com and the Small Business Administration’s website.
- Publish the job description. You have many outlets to find your perfect fit. Try publishing the description on your company's website, on job-search websites, social media sites, and even in the newspaper. Here's a great article outlining 10 places for you to start your search. The open position can also be promoted by recruiting firms, or presented at career fairs. Make sure it is visible to the best potential candidates for the job itself.
- Create a list of questions to ask prospective job candidates. For ideas, check out Monster.com's list of 100 potential interview questions.
- Conduct the interviews. Make sure to include company and job-specific questions, and always be cognizant of the "7 C's."
- After conducting interviews, select the best candidate for the job and extend an offer.
- Start working!
By following the steps described above, you can be sure that you’re meeting all of your obligations and that you’re hiring the best possible candidates for your jobs - the first time and every time!