Small business owners face a long list of concerns: taxes, health insurance costs, advertising, and state regulations. As if that wasn’t enough, having to worry about growth of your company and how to add employees can add to the stress. There are a few things to keep in mind when hiring new employees that will help avoid any potential problems.
- When thinking about your needs for additional staff, keep a clear focus on required skills, job descriptions, and expectations you have for a new employee. Developing a well-defined job description and putting it in written form will help you fill the vacancy with someone who fits your needs, avoiding any legal issues surrounding your candidate search.
- Since most small business owners act as their own human resources department, it is important to know your individual state’s laws and regulations regarding discrimination and hiring practices. Each state has their own laws protecting individuals against certain acts of discrimination based on sexual orientation, mental status, and criminal offenses. Educate yourself well in these laws prior to interviewing candidates for your positions.
- Have an interview checklist to be sure to have a streamlined process for the interview. With well-written questions in front of you, the interview will go smoothly and each candidate will be asked the same type of questions. Avoid questions that might suggest stereotyping, religious prejudice, or discrimination against future pregnancy. Also, make sure when taking notes that you write out your statements completely without abbreviations as your notes can be used in court and easily misinterpreted if they are not clearly written. Only asking questions needed to fill the position and being conscious of your words and notes is key to having a legal interview.
According to Forbes the top 5 topics that can be legal interview pitfalls are: gender; marital or family status; citizenship, nationality, or language; age; and religion. Taking precautions to avoid these topics is essential when focusing on your future growth.
Expanding your business is an exciting time; don’t let poor interviewing practices overshadow your future growth.