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For small business (or large), 11 steps to hiring right

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by Jeb Breithaupt

I own a home building and remodeling company. It takes me longer to hire someone for my staff than it does to design one of my custom homes.

The philosophy behind my 11-step hiring process: Make the applicant work to get the job. Yes, that takes time. But my success rate is 90%. When I’ve failed to follow it, I’ve regretted it every time.

I’m not an HR professional, and my business is small enough that we don’t have an HR position. So I’ve been hiring staff on my own for a couple of decades. I’ve come up with a hiring process that has rarely let me down.

1. Define the job you’re trying to fill, very specifically. Write an eight- to 10-sentence description. Ask your staff for help. I have made the mistake of starting to recruit for a position, only to discover later that staff had other, better ideas for a job description.

2. Ask friends, suppliers and employees to recommend candidates. I find 10% of my new ...(register to read more)

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