Thang Do
Thang Do Project Intern at SavvySME


What sort of problems/pain points do SME owner have when it comes to hiring new employees?

I've come across some common answers such as: "I receive too many application to weed through and it becomes overwhelming" "I don't receive enough job applications for the position" "I don't know how to distinguish a good candidate from a bad one because I don't know enough about [profession]"I was wondering if there are any other problems that have occurred to you when it comes to the hiring process?

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Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Yes, I would say there are several more you could add to that list.

  • Not doing due diligence (e.g. calling references to ensure honesty and quality)
  • Speaking with in person or over the phone (trusting paper isn't a safe bet)
  • Determining if your business resonates with them (why they want the job)
  • Asking them to spend a bit of time with people in other departments (get perspective from others and gather that feedback)
  • See what the candidate is like in a more relaxed setting (not being grilled with interview questions)
  • Ask them if they have any questions about your on boarding expectations

Thang Do

Thang Do, Project Intern at SavvySME

Thanks Jef,
I get an impression that you'd rather to meet the candidate for a casual interview to get to know them better?

Hypothetically, there is a candidate, who is highly recommended by his/her previous employers and it shows in his/her profile. Would it make it easier for you to make a decision in the screening process?

I'd be really appreciated if you could spare 2 minutes of your time to fill out this survey:

We are working hard on a project, which aims to help SME owners improve the productivity when it comes to the hiring process. We'd love to hear your opinion.

Thank you.
Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Thang Do,
No problem. I prefer to meet or chat on the phone or a video conference, but I do value feedback from others and previous coworkers and bosses. I think the more information you have before you hire someone the better.
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