By Xero

Hiring is one of the most important responsibilities of a small business owner. The right person can be a great addition to a growing company, while the wrong person can be detrimental.

The key to finding the right people begins with a smart hiring strategy. Start by thinking about where your business will be in the future and the number of employees you’ll need to get there. Then determine what your business needs today and how much you can currently afford to pay.

When the applications start coming in, group your best candidates into a short list. Diligently examine their experience, qualifications and background. Consider factors like time spent at past jobs, experience in your industry and even how the applicants conduct themselves on social media.

Asking the right interview questions is another great way to find the ideal person. Pose the typical questions but also encourage the candidates to talk freely. You can also inquire about their hobbies in order to get to know them on a deeper level.

Read the Xero Small Business Guide ‘How to Hire the Right Employees’ to learn more about what goes into to finding the right people to join your business.