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What to Look for When Hiring the Right Employee

Tue, Dec 31st, 2019

What to Look for When Hiring the Right Employee

When small business owners first start their business, they are usually a one man/woman show and possibly one other person handling all operations; bookkeeping, customer service, marketing, sales and field work. Needless to say, it takes quite a heroic effort to launch a successful business from the ground up.

But as their business grows and becomes more and more profitable, the next step is to begin searching for employees that would be a good fit for their company. In this blog, we’ll discuss what you should look for when hiring a quality employee for your growing business.

Work Environment

What type of work environment do you want to set foot in every day? Are you striving for a positive, productive and friendly setting? Or a negative situation with high turnover? The employees you hire will dictate the atmosphere and vibe on a daily basis in the workspace. Look for things such as:

  • Timeliness (were they on-time for the interview?)
  • Respect (will they treat you and future employees the right way?)
  • Maturity (will they take the job seriously every day?)
  • Effort (does their attitude demonstrate a willingness to improve?)

If the individual you are interviewing demonstrates these four qualities, you are on the right track, but of course, a quality employee is much more than aforementioned traits…


Does the individual you are looking to hire have a firm grasp on the industry? Industry knowledge shows they have tried to improve themselves over time and prepared for the opportunity at hand.

Can the interviewee do more than explain things in general terms. Make sure when you ask specific questions, you are getting responses that directly answer the question? Don’t settle for a response if you are not satisfied with it.

Does the knowledge they have benefit the business? Ensuring their expertise aligns with company goals and strategies is very important for moral and growth. Bringing in someone who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with management policies and tactics could prove to be detrimental and stunt the growth of your business.


When the interview process is over, what is the impression you have of the individual? Do they check all of the boxes? Are you impressed with their attitude but they still have a little bit to learn? It all comes down to your judgement as a business owner during the hiring process. Hiring the wrong employee could set the business back weeks, months or even years. But bringing the right employee on-board could be the spark to ignite your company and propel your business to great success!