Tips for Hiring Employees
The recruitment process takes time and energy, so it’s important to get a good team from the start. The right staff can become your biggest asset, helping to drive your company forward in many new and exciting ways. So, here’s an 11-step checklist for hiring employees.
- Write a Clear Job Description
To attract serious applicants, write a very clear job description detailing the nature of the position and the skills required. Document the location, whether the job is hybrid and how many hours they’ll be expected to work.
- Keep Notes on Candidates
During the application and interview process, write notes on the candidates. Jot down their strengths and weaknesses as these can be discussed further at a later date with other staff members who were perhaps not in the interview room at the time.
- Consider Company Culture
The right candidate will be talented. But they should also fit in with the company culture. How employees get along matters, so you might want to take this into consideration during the interview stage. Think about the morals and values of your brand and see if candidates have the same outlook.
- Set Specific Tasks
While the first round of interviews might be generic, they can get more detailed as the candidates progress. Second and third interviews could involve individual or group tasks, for instance, to see who performs well under pressure.
- Know Who Will Be Recruiting
Some people may be more equipped for hiring staff than others. A marketing manager, for instance, might be required to interview content creators or social media managers as they know what to look out for and the skills required.
- Be Clear About Goals and Expectations
When staff join and leave quickly it can be frustrating, so be upfront with goals and expectations to weed out anyone that might not be serious about the role.
- Make Sure Employees Have an NI Number
Employees should have an NI number in order to make National Insurance contributions through your inhouse PAYE scheme and payroll services.
- Maintain Accurate Tax Records
When hiring, accurate onboarding should be implemented for tax purposes. An experienced payroll accountant should be able to manage the tax and NI side of things with ease. Otherwise, it’s easy to outsource tasks like this.
- Create a Contract
A contract is an important document between employer and employees. The details on it will impact everything from payroll to taxation, so make sure the details, particularly working hours, are correct.
- Obtain Employers’ Liability Insurance
According to the law, you must have employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer. Your cover must be for at least £5 million and it has to come from an authorised insurer.
- Keep a File for Each Employee
Keep accurate and up-to-date records for each employee. This includes emergency contact details, a signed copy of their contract and important tax details.