interviewing-tipsMost small business owners, even those whose businesses start as a single employee operation, will eventually need to interview potential candidates to help them run their business. And whether the person will be helping with day-to-day operations, manning a machine, or answering phones, finding the right employee can make or break a small business. Training new employees can be an expensive and time-consuming process, and unproductive employees can kill profits. So when hiring employees, it is crucial to find the best candidate for the job. Here are 5 tips when conducting an interview to help you find the right employee.

  1. Know What You Want – While this may seem obvious, if you are not crystal clear in your mind of what your new employee will do, or what you expect of the new hire, then you cannot possibly find the right candidate. Whether looking for a cashier or a CFO, be sure to outline the position, take stock of expected job functions, and analyze what you want from the employee in terms of experience, personality, and work ethic. Also, be sure your expectations meet the job you are filling and the salary you are paying.
  1. Be Consistent – If you are interviewing multiple candidates for the position (which you obviously should), be sure to ask them the same set of questions. While there will obviously