Don’t expect to hire a replica of you! Each person you meet and interview will be a living, breathing human, with their own habits, mannerisms and even ideas! This is fine – -as long as their ideas and habits are not philosophically opposed to yours.
Determine what type of manager you are! It’s imperative that you’re honest about your work style. After all, if you say you want an independent thinker, but really do a lot of ‘checking-in’ you may end up with an unhappy helper. On the other hand, if you hire someone who needs lots of feedback, you need to be sure that you are cut-out for the ‘people part’ of the management process.
Set aside time. If you expect to hire someone by the 15th of next month you may be setting yourself up for failure. Just as you can’t expect to find a perfect replica of you – you can’t always put a deadline on your hiring process. In other words, plan to advertise, interview and train until you find the RIGHT person. (TIP: If you find the right person – Hire them right away and then find work for them! Never pass up a great hire!)
Ask your insurance carrier about your responsibility for insuring your team members. Whether you hire Independent Consultant’s or Employees is a topic for another article, however, you need to make certain that your company is covered.
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