As a busy entrepreneur, I realized very quickly that I could not handle my entire workload all on my own. I needed help and there is nothing wrong with that. That meant my business was growing and I was making money so therefore if I wanted to continue to make more, I needed to hire someone of value who would be an asset to my business. The hard part is actually finding that person. Of course we all think we know what criteria is best when looking for an employee but when I went to actually list what I was looking for, it was hard. I knew what I wanted but I just couldn’t put it into words; so I went on a search for the perfect description and I happen to stumble upon something brilliant that I wanted to share with you:
Here are 6 C’s to finding and hiring good help. You need to consider all of these when looking for a new employee to add to your business.
1. Competent: This is still the first factor to consider. Does the potential employee have the necessary skills, experiences and education to successfully complete the tasks you need performed?
2. Capable: Will this person complete not only the easy tasks but will he or she also find ways to deliver on the functions that require more effort and creativity? For me, being capable means the employee has potential for growth and the ability and willingness to take on more responsibility.
3. Compatible: Can this person get along with colleagues, and more importantly, can he or she get along with existing and potential clients and partners? A critical component to also remember is the person’s willingness and ability to be harmonious with you, his or her boss. If the new employee can’t, there will be problems.
4. Commitment: Is the candidate serious about working for the long-term? Or is he or she just passing through, always looking for something better? A history of past jobs and time spent at each provides clear insight on the matter.
5. Character: Does the person have values that align with yours? Are they honest; do they tell the truth and keep promises? Are they above reproach? Are they selfless and a team player?
6. Culture: Every business has a culture or a way that people behave and interact with each other. Culture is based on certain values, expectations, policies and procedures that influence the behavior of a leader and employees. Workers who don’t reflect a business’ culture tend to be disruptive and difficult.