Mobile: +27 (0)76-190-3659
Fax: +27 (0)86-585-5096
Cape Town, South Africa

Right employees are key

Date posted: 08.04.2015 | Author: Harry Bovensmann

Hiring the right employee is key to growing your business and ensuring it runs smoothly and successfully. If you can figure out how to hire the right people, you are well on the path to success – but how do you hire the right person for your small business?

Here are some tips to help make the hiring process as easy as possible:

Clear job description

Make the job description clear. Often, new employees in small business fall into the “jack of all trades” position and are expected to pick up the slack in multiple areas. To avoid this, make sure the position is clearly defined and that your new employee knows exactly what is expected of them.

Search carefully

Dedicate some time solely to the search for an employee. As your business is coming along well, it is easy to get caught up in running it, meaning the hiring process can become rushed and lack thoroughness. Choosing the right employee is important and deserves your undivided attention. If you really cannot spare the time, consider hiring a specialist recruitment agency to help you.

Sell the benefits

Sell your small business culture. So you can’t offer medical schemes and a company car, but can you give your employee flexible hours? Negotiate some time for them to work from home? A percentage of company profit if the employee performs well? If you can offer any perks like this, you have a better chance of persuading a candidate that you would be preferable to a big corporation, so don’t be shy to sell the pros of joining your business.

Right attitude

Make sure that the interview process determines whether the candidate has the right attitude for your business. However, most startup and small businesses will probably require hard work, creativity and resilience at the very least. Do not make the mistake of talking too much during the interview – the goal is to find out about the candidate, so don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions.


Finally, find out why they left or want to leave their last job. Unresolved issues or conflicts could become problems in the long term at a new position within your company.


Last but not least, consider whether your gap can be filled by freelancers. If not, consider asking for recommendations from friends, family or colleagues. If somebody you know and trust will vouch for them, it is likely that you are on to a winner!

[Read full article]

Some of our clients…