Whether you have 1 employee or 1000, HR is an important aspect of your business.
And who better to gain tips on managing HR from then Erica Mcquade, HR professional at Lockheed Martin.
During our conversation, she answered my “need to know” questions about hiring and managing staff effectively.
Q: How should I begin looking for my first employees?
A: Your job description should be very specific to what you are looking for in an employee.
Don’t just copy a job description from Google.
Include required skills, strengths, desired skills, experience/certifications, etc.
Do their resumes include these skills?
Once you’ve narrowed down your candidates, what makes someone stand out from the rest?
Know the qualities that you want and need from your staff.
Q: How should I move forward with interviewing?
A: Once you’ve narrowed down your search, it’s time to interview.
Typically this begins with a phone screen.
A phone screen should include questions like:
“Tell me about yourself?”
“Why were you drawn to apply to this position?”
“What experiences make you qualified for this position?”
A phone screen can help you gage if the candidate meets preliminary requirements.
The next step is an in person (or virtual) interview.
Body language and facial expressions allow you to analyze a person better than just audio does.
In person interviews should include behavioral questions.
A question like: “Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge in the workplace and how you resolved it” will give them the change to explain their real life experience and behaviors.
This helps you see how the candidate deals with certain situations.
Now I’m not going spill all of Erica’s hiring and HR tips in this article…..
….listen to Episode 17 of the Level Up Your Gym Podcast, “Strengthen Your Hiring Procedure & HR – A Conversation with Erica Mcquade ” to hear all of her knowledge.