“Don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t believe what you read on a resume!”

Finding a good employee can be a difficult process – especially for the small business owner.  Investing time and resources to search, interview, hire, on-board and train the new employee – only to have them not be what you had expected.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your success rates can be significantly improved with some initial preparation and following 7 Simple Steps.

Each step may require some learning, but by creating a system within your organization that follows this outline, you are bound to see real improvement in your results – and less costs to the company.  

1) Before you begin talking to candidates – do the following…
  • Create written ‘picture’ of the IDEAL candidate.  Write clear description of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of the position

2) Draft the Ad using company culture and values as key components;   List required skills and behaviors

  • Distribute Ad
    • COI
    • Employees
    • Strategic PartnersVendors / Suppliers
    • Professional Associations / Groups / Chambers
    • Job Posting Sites
      • Craigs list
      • Milwaukee Jobs
      • Career Builder
      • others???

3) Follow the planned Interview process for all candidates

    • 4) Establish / Confirm PXT Performance Model for the position
4) Pre-Screening:
  •      De-Selection Process – find a reason to get them out of the selection pool
    • Test them on small things – can they follow directions?  
    • Will they do what you ask?
5) Group Interview – this is a leverage for Managements time, not the candidates time.  If they can’t make it to the Group Interview maybe they can make the next one.
  • This should take less than 2 hours
  • Team member involvement
  • Follow the outline
  • Next Steps  = invite them to a 1:1 interview

6) Prior to Individual Interview #1

  • Criminal Background Checks,
  • CCAP – Consolidated Court Automated Programs,
  • SOR – Sexual Offender Registry
  • Drivers License ,
  • SOSII: Reliability, Work Ethic,
  • Social Media search
  • Profile XT Performance Model Comparison
  • PPI / DiSC
7) Individual Interview #1
  • Job Shadow
  • Skills Test
  • Tools / Experience review
  • Discuss Salary /Benefit Needs