What were your experiences when hiring for the first time?
I am researching a book an hiring for the first time, and want to know the biggest problem or challenge faced when entering the world of being an employer. Was it scary? Exciting? What would you do again and what would you do differently?
I was in my mid-twenties and a newly appointed manager and had the pleasure of hiring for my team. It was nerve wrecking at first as I had no experience (other than my own sitting on the other side) and I was interviewing people who were a lot older than me. It was only recently that I had some formal training on how to interview people. That would have helped me immensely by knowing the type of questions to ask. Depending on the role, sometime I am more interested in how the candidate approaches the situation rather than their technical knowledge or experience.
Similar to Phil, I have had to select staff based on little experience. I hope I did a good job. :)
Years later I had a position as a job search trainer so selecting staff after that wasn't too daunting. Actually day one of this job I got asked to select an assistant for my area... two choices, I made the right choice! but it took a while for me to realise that :)
In one of my businesses, I was contemplating taking on staff, had a few casuals to help out (relatives) so it was easy to have some people to give me a hand.
On a number of occasions I wanted to have a part timer, but when I NEARLY got to the point of taking that action the contract I was working on was canceled.
It would be useful to have some form of financial device (perhaps a spread sheet?) to be able to know when you can viably take on a new person.
We, a team at SavvySME, are currently working on a project to help SME owners to improve their productivity when it comes to hiring new employee.
I would love to hear more of what you've managed to research in this topic, if you don't mind sharing?