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Old 14th February 2012, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default How Did You Hire Your First Employee?

Please pen down what challenges you faced as a start-up or a small business when you hired your first employee. Also feel free to share how you overcame those challenges.

I would gather these tips and post it on my blog that aims at helping small businesses grow.

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Old 25th March 2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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I did not ask for or check references. Fortunately it only took me 2 months to realize we needed to part ways.

Lesson learned: Always, Always, ALWAYS check references.

The next person I hired had worked previosly worked at a couple of companies I was familiar with and I was able to not only check his listed references, but a couple of people he did not list that I was familiar with.

3 years later he's a partner.

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Old 26th March 2012, 04:09 AM   #3
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I remember how i was interviewed the first time...i was si scared that even forgot several words

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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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Mostly, when hiring all we do is to conduct an interview. However, there are some employees that are only good in interviews but doesn’t meet the expectation of the employers on the actual work. One of the best ways to assure that the person you hire is the right one for the job is to give a short task that is related to the job that will test not only mentally but also their skills and experiences.

When hiring an employee always keep in mind that "It is easy to hire an employee but it is difficult to hire the right one for the job". Hiring on the wrong places or focusing only on one area such as job sites like monster.com could be a mistake for your business and it tends you to miss a great opportunity to hire the right one for the job.

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Old 23rd April 2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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Recruitment agencies can also be really useful as they filter all the candidates before hand. A good recruitment agency will only send suitable candidates to interview saving you lots of time and effort - of course this comes at a price though.

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Old 25th April 2012, 04:56 AM   #6
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I only ask for these things:
a. work samples
b. work experiences

after which, I'd be checking in on their expertise. This, of course, can be hard given that you only have a limited time to know well the applicant. Nevertheless, you will know the person's worth as you go along with the conversation.

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Old 26th June 2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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Mostly, when hiring all we do is to conduct an interview. However, there are some employees that are only good in interviews but doesn’t meet the expectation of the employers on the actual work. One of the best ways to assure that the person you hire is the right one for the job is to give a short task that is related to the job that will test not only mentally but also their skills and experiences.

When hiring an employee always keep in mind that "It is easy to hire an employee but it is difficult to hire the right one for the job". Hiring on the wrong places or focusing only on one area such as job sites like monster.com could be a mistake for your business and it tends you to miss a great opportunity to hire the right one for the job.
Really great insight here. It's hard to know how an employee will turn out, but if you think they are worth giving a shot, then don't be afraid to take them on. It's part of business to hire and fire if necessary. Just don't forget what you need them for, make sure they're qualified, and don't be afraid to let them go if it isn't working out.

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Old 10th July 2012, 05:02 AM   #8
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I would suggest you keep 6 months advanced salary of your first employee, in case you suffer from any huge loss. You will atleast be able to pay them.

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Old 11th July 2012, 07:51 AM   #9
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We recently had a blogger write about employing your first employee and the responsibilities that come with it, such as PAYE, national insurance, business insurance and legal responsibilities.

Its a tricky business..

But employing, interviews and a trail run are a great way to see how a potential employee will perform in the work place.

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I hired then after a couple of days, he was no longer worked for me,so it turned out I have to find another employee.

I think you have to be selective when selecting employee depending on their respective skills.

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