Hiring your first employee
The first thing you need to do, once you have decided you need to hire staff, is too write the job description, this will enable you to clarify what exactly it is you require from an employee and will also help you to write the job advert. The job description needs to include; job title, job description, the mains tasks and responsibilities along with wages, location, hours and basis. You will also need to include, knowledge, skills and qualifications desired or essential.
Advertise for the role
You can advertise your jobs;
Online- This is the more popular choice and less expensive than the more traditional choices. Popular places to advertise online, are:
- • Reed
- • Indeed
- • Universal Jobmatch
- • Gumtree
- • Extremidy Advertising
- Recruitment Agencies
- Your own website
- A notice in your window
Shortlist and interview candidates
Once you have shortlisted your candidates, based on their appropriate job description and their cv you will need to invite them in for an interview.
Before the interview, you’ll send each candidate a warm, friendly email message reminding them of the date and time for the interview, the job title they’re interviewing for and the names and titles of the people they will meet at the interview.
On the interview day, this will be your chance to get to know your candidates by asking them a few questions and allowing them to ask you questions. Here’s a few things you can discuss.
- What is this company all about? What do we do?
- What is (the interviewers) role?
- What is the job role?
- Why are you hiring?
- What will the candidates job entail?
- What are the working hours, pay schedule, and general operations of the job role?
- What is the training and career path opportunities for this job?
You will need to ask your candidate a few questions to help you to get to know them a little better, here’s a compiled list of questions to get you started:
- What prompted you to apply for this job? What interested you the most about this position?
- What are the three most important attributes or skills that you believe you would bring to our company if we hired you?
- How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge?
- If I were to poll everyone you’ve worked with, what percent would not be a fan of yours? Then, if I were to interview these people, what words would they most frequently use to describe you?
- What’s the biggest decision you’ve had to make in the past year? Why was it so big?”
- Why should we hire you?
- Why do you want this job?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- What are your goals for the future
- Do you have any questions?
Decide on candidate
Once you have held all the interviews for the role, you will need to decide on a candidate. The candidate you choose to hire will solely be based on your decision, after you determine whether they have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience, which you would have gathered from the job description, and you have completed the interview, which should have given you a better idea of how your candidate thinks and why they want to work for you. You will then have to decide who is best for your company, which should be based on your company’s culture and what the job entails. You should also talk it out with the other interviewers if possible to see their thoughts, but ultimately its your decision. Just ensure that your final decision is not based on a discriminative basis. Learn more here about avoiding discrimination when hiring.
Complete checks and provide a written statement of employment
Decide how much to pay someone – you must pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage which is currently £7.83 (April 2018).
Check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK.
Check if you need to apply for a DBS check if you work in a field that requires one, eg with vulnerable people or security.
Get employers’ liability insurance .
Send details of the job (including terms and conditions) in writing to your employee.
Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by registering as an employer – you can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff.
Check if you need to automatically enroll your staff into a workplace pension scheme.