Thang Do
Thang Do, Project Intern at SavvySME

Attracting talent and recruitment

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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