Hiring new employees is a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. Making the wrong choice can create terrible problems in your business, preventing growth and causing unnecessary stress. That’s why it is so important to approach recruitment carefully, taking time to choose your future employees. This article shares five tips to help you hire the best employees for your business.

Know what you need

You know you need a new hire, but do you know exactly why you need them and what you need them to do? Without a carefully considered description of precisely what you’re looking for in the ideal employee, you have no chance of finding them.

Before hiring, ensure that you understand what kind of person you need, that you have a proper job description laid out, and that you know what you expect of the new employee. This will help you assess the candidates who apply. As an extra bonus, a well-defined job description helps when it comes to training new employees.

Target the right market

Once you understand who your ideal candidate is, you need to look for them in the right places. There’s little point trying to hire an astrophysicist by placing an advertisement in a construction industry magazine, or skilled craftsmen from a high school graduation class.

To maximise the potential of any call for applications, target your advertising to an appropriate medium. For managerial trainees and positions that require higher education, university job boards and career fairs are an excellent choice; for experienced staff, try trade magazines and websites. If you’re looking for a very specific set of skills, you can also use online job boards and sites such as LinkedIn to source virtually any combination of ability and experience.

Learn interview techniques

You know who your ideal candidate is and you’ve advertised for applications. Now you need to ensure that you have the proper interview techniques in place.

Some companies rely on the traditional oral interview for selection, while others add written exams or tests to the mix. The key is to find the format that works best for your business. If you have little or no experience in interviewing, hiring a company to perform standard psychological and skill tests can help you get a better understanding of your candidates.

Ideally, you want to see how a potential employee performs in a work setting. Make sure that your employment contract includes a trial period, after which you can assess the employee and decide whether to keep them.


Although it’s tempting to try to get something for nothing, you need to make sure that the compensation you offer matches your demands. Offer too little and the best employees will end up working for your competitors.

Everyone likes to be valued for who they are and what they can do, so better candidates will expect better financial rewards for their efforts.


Always remember that hiring is a long-term investment, and finding the right person is only the first step in the process. Your new employee will need proper training to make sure that they understand your company’s culture and your expectations. A mentoring program can be very effective as a way to train new staff members, assuming you have existing employees with the required skills.

If you are serious about employing the best possible candidates for your business, it is important that you devote sufficient resources to selecting and recruiting them. Without proper planning and implementation, your hiring drive may end up recruiting the wrong people, which can only harm your business in the long run.

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