Today, let’s talk about hiring, and more specifically your process of hiring. A process that can be extremely exhausting if you don’t have a strategic way to go about it. If you feel like it’s a challenge for you in your business, you’re not alone. This topic has come up, continuously in most of my coaching sessions, how to hire, where to hire, and who to hire. Needing more help in their business, their teams spread too thin, maxed out, and to the business owner themselves, feeling like they’re going to break or explode.
So, I think that what happens is oftentimes as a busy entrepreneur, the thought of hiring is so daunting, that you put it off until it’s way too late. You end up making a quick decision (and the wrong decision) for someone to help you. It takes a while to train someone, it takes a while to onboard someone but if you’re working with the wrong person, then you really can’t teach a dolphin to fly. I want you to take some time before you go recruiting or looking and sifting through resumes and putting your feelers out. Let me help you with this three-step plan.
Make The Right Job Description
Oftentimes, probably because we’re in a hurry, we get the job description wrong. The best way to make a job description is to spend two weeks, looking at what tasks are not getting done, what tasks need to get done, and what tasks you are doing that are not the best use of your time. Also, be aware of the tasks that existing team members are doing but it’s not in their job description. They probably hate doing it, and they are ready to let go of it. Then you’re going to write those tasks to see which ones are actually revenue-producing. Once you have them, you take those keywords and you form a very specific well-crafted job description.
There’s an art to this, remember all of the job searches out there are database mining and database searching for certain keywords. You want the people that have the right words on their resume showing up for you and it all starts with that two-week process of identifying what you really need.
You need to have a step-by-step list of how the interview process is going to be. Let me give you an example of one:
- Get their resume in
- Do a phone interview
- Send them a personality assessment (I have a great one that I use, I love it, I swear by it)
- If they pass the assessment, then wait to see how they follow up. How their handwriting is if they send a personal note, or how their written and communicating skills are and how they follow up with you.
If they pass those tests, then that’s when you want to bring them in for an actual face-to-face or Zoom interview. And then from there, you’re going to need more touchpoints and qualifying characteristics. My point in illustrating a very quick approach is that you need a process. If you don’t, you’re going to break your rules, probably hire the wrong person, and thus make the wrong decision.
Onboarding and Training
If you want this person to succeed in your organization you have to have clear expectations, and a process for them to succeed in. The ability to train them so well that they get to the point of ownership and autonomy, that’s the key. The proper onboarding and training, with the right systems, to create confidence, autonomy, and ownership is where your company will scale.
This is what I do with clients, I hold their hand, I look at what’s happening in their organization, I look at how they are wired as an owner and entrepreneur, and I help them build their dream team around them. If you haven’t had the chance to have a one-to-one with me, I do offer free breakthrough sessions. I encourage you to schedule some time to share with me what’s your story, what is your business, what are your challenges, and where you need help. I promise you, within the 20-minute call you’ll walk away with clarity and a whole lot more than you ever anticipated.
I want you to reach out! Do you have a process in place for when you need to hire a new team member? Did this three-step plan help you?
I hope that you all know how deeply tied I am to the work you all are doing out there as business owners. I see you, entrepreneur, I get you.
I’m also living the sleepless nights with you, I’m living the rollercoaster ride with you, the highs and the lows, and I couldn’t be more proud of you for continuing to show up, to be innovative, and courageous.
Keep evolving entrepreneur, I believe in you!
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About Annette Walter
Much like Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” who lends his expertise to struggling businesses, Annette analyzes businesses, supports them with the right resources, and designs the plan they need in order to go from surviving to thriving.
Annette Walter has started, acquired, owned and operated more than 15 companies in her lifetime. As a wife, mother of two young boys, and owner of a national company, Timber Industries, that was included on last year’s Inc. 5000 list, she is able to serve her true purpose and passion in coaching and consulting entrepreneurs through her business coaching company, iEvolve Consulting. Annette works with business owners across the globe in various industries to support their overall well-being, teams, and operations. As an operations expert and strategist, she works with business owners to help them identify organizational gaps and opportunities in their companies. She works with businesses to help make their finances, marketing efforts, technology solutions, and sales more efficient and effective.
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