So you have started up your business and it is going well enough that you are now considering hiring a second member of staff. This is great news but you may find that your first interview is a challenging one, being the interviewer is a lot more difficult than you might first think! With this in mind. Tip 1 – Don't Conduct The Interview Alone It doesn't matter if you are a one man band or not, conducting an interview by yourself is suicide. It's a sick world out there and there are people that are more than happy to press charges (false charges) for things that you may have(n't) done to them during an interview. If you cannot arrange for a person to sit with you then make sure you set up some kind of video recorder and state at the start of the interview that this is in place. You would be surprised on just what people will do to try and make money. Tip 2 - Preparation Is Key Know the exact job that you are advertising out for your business. If you don't know the ins and outs of the new job role then how are potential applicants going to understand what you want from them? Scope this out before the interview and send onto any applicant that you are interviewing. You will also need to ensure that you have a set list of questions that you are asking each candidate. Don't make it unfair by making up questions on the fly as this puts some people at an advantage and others at a massive disadvantage. Having a pre-defined set of questions also makes sure that you come across as professionally as possible. Tip 3 – Don't Choose Your Home For The Location If you are hiring someone to work alongside your home business but they are also going to be working from home (developer, SEO, someone like this) then the last thing you are going to want to do is invite a load of strangers into your home. Not only is there a possibility (however small) of risk to your family and your home but it is also incredibly unprofessional. Head to a café or better yet, look into office rental for a short period of time. Final Tip – Be Yourself When conducting an interview, don't pretend to be someone you aren't. If as a person you are laid back but get the job done, then present yourself in this way. On the other hand, if you are more of a ball breaker then don't pretend you are going to be the kind of boss that isn't. Take all of these tips into consideration and your first interview will go fine, good luck with the business!
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