For the rising entrepreneur every day can feel like an uphill struggle. Guiding your business from the seedling of an idea, to a fledgling startup to a thriving, fully functional business machine is extraordinarily rewarding but it can also be an enormous drain on your time, resources and (in some cases) income.
As your business grows, you’ll likely find yourself hiring more staff. While this is great in itself, the owners are especially vulnerable when it comes to hiring the right candidates. For an SME (especially one in its early stages) hiring the wrong employee can do catastrophic damage to your business before we even get into the cost and logistics of finding a replacement. Throw in the changing landscape of market conditions and volatility of the economy make finding the right candidate more important than ever.
Whether you conduct the recruitment process yourself or use a service, for which we recommend Purestaff Recruitment agency, you need to future proof your candidates by gauging their flexibility and eagerness to learn and grow with your business. Here’s how you spot that perfect candidate:
Are they naturally curious?
Voracious curiosity is hugely important in a candidate. It demonstrates eagerness to learn and immerse themselves in the workings of your business. It’s also an indicator of ambition, showing that they’re likely to go out of their way to earn your trust and respect.
Can they collaborate?
In a fast-changing and dynamic working environment, nobody wants to hire a mindless drone. Candidates need to have great teamwork and creative problem-solving capabilities so that you can entrust them with a task at hand with their team while you get on with day-to-day operations. It’s also an indicator that they’ll maintain good working relations with their peers and contribute to a pleasant working environment.
Do they admit to their mistakes?
Most candidates will be so preoccupied with making a good impression that they’ll try and market themselves as virtually infallible. If you have the rare candidate who’ll admit to having made mistakes at interview then chances are they’ll also be able to tell you how they’ve learned from their mistakes and developed an infrastructure to avoid repeating them.
These are the kinds of people you want to hire!
Are they positive and enthusiastic?
Positive and enthusiasm are contagious, making them great aids to productivity. They’re also essential skills to seek out in an employee. The trouble, of course, is that everyone is positive and enthusiastic at interview. Try to engage them on a subject that they’re passionate about (a hobby for instance), and watch them light up the room. That’s how you know you have the right candidate!
Can they spot patterns and trends?
Being ahead of the curve is everything in business. Take, for example the agricultural company, Monsanto. They realized the impact of Genetic Modification on its seed business very early on, so they invested heavily in biotechnology research and development. Look for candidates who are experienced in trawling metadata and spotting and pre-empting patterns. They’ll be vital in securing the future of your business.
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