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If you’re a founder or entrepreneur, you may have a burning desire to handle all aspects of your business personally. After all, it’s probably your money and reputation on the line. However, ask any CEO or entrepreneur who has tried to manage their business on their own and they’ll most likely tell you it’s virtually impossible. Designating tasks and doling out responsibility can be daunting though, which is why it’s incredibly important to hire great employees who can not only help you manage your business, but also aid in its long-term success. 

Competent and Capable

While there are many other factors to consider when recruiting and hiring employees, competency and capability should always be your top priority. A potential hiree should have the relevant skills, background, and education to perform the job duties. What’s more, they should have the capability to do such tasks in a timely manner using creativity and innovation. Give weight to applicants who demonstrate, through both their words and actions, a growth mindset and a desire for more responsibility. 

Personality and Values

Especially important for small businesses or new businesses, hiring people whose personalities and values align with those of the company is vital. If values and personalities are at odds with your company’s culture and values, it can seriously damage your company by sending the wrong message to clients, investors, and fellow coworkers. If you have a small team, it’s essential to think about how the applicant will mesh with your other employees. Collaboration is key for many businesses, and a loose screw can wreak havoc. 

Long-Term Goals

The “gig economy” may be rather normalized at this day and age, but applicants whose resumes demonstrate significant job hopping should set off a red flag. If you’re working to build a core team, you’ll need people who will be around for the long haul rather than someone who is always looking for the next best thing. Favor candidates who spent considerable amounts of time at previous jobs, as this shows commitment and dedication.

Finding great employees may seem incredibly daunting, but only if you don’t know what you’re looking for. On top of prioritizing certain qualities, ensuring that your job ad is as clear as possible can help you attract qualified and excited applicants. Going at it alone may seem the safest bet, but in reality it’s most likely just holding you and your company back. Take a leap of faith and start hiring employees to fill the gaps in your business.