A Few Points to Consider When Hiring; Small Business in Association with RBS GOOD ADVICE

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Byline: CAROLE WHITE

AS your small business starts to grow, you will probably find yourself in a position to recruit new members to your team.

As your most valuable (and expensive!) resource, getting the right person is vital and the recruitment process can be costly.

Drawing up a job description and person specification is essential, both your selection of the candidates and your interview format should be based on these.

The job description will outline the scope of the job. It should include the job title and the main objectives, responsibilities and tasks involved.

The person specification should detail the knowledge, skills and experience required. It must be closely tied to the needs of the role.

Which characteristics should you include in your person specification?

Consider carefully what kind of person you are looking for. Typical characteristics include: Good communication and interpersonal skills Self-confidence Resilience Ability to persuade and influence Assertiveness Business acumen Marketplace and industry understanding Ability to self-motivate Good planning and organisational skills Divide your person specification into essential and desirable characteristics. …