Question: I'm making my first-ever hire. What is one thing I absolutely need to do first?
Give Them a Test Assignment
"At my business we test out potential hires by giving them a short assignment related to the work that they'll be performing for us. It has helped us get a true sense of how the candidates will perform in a real-world setting."
Get Your House in Order
"Before making your first new hire, it's important that your business has systems and structures in place. Hiring a new person should allow your business to take on more work and produce better results. If your process is disorganized or you don't have clear workflows in place, it can create more work for you in the long run. Set your business and your new hire up for success with clear systems."
Be Absolutely Clear on the Job Description and Expectations
"When I worked in Corporate Recruiting/HR, I came across many managers who were ready to make their first hire. In order to make a hire that's successful in the long run, you must be able to clearly explain why the position is open, which specific tasks the new hire will complete, and how that person can be successful. Essentially, building a job description will guide you through the process. "