Choosing the Best People for Your Business Team

author/source: Nancy Rowan

Photo Courtesy of Pexels License CC0Are you setting up a new business? If so, then it is essential that you get the right team together. Your business team is the life force of your company. Without the right people, you will always struggle to achieve your market goals and ensure the successful growth of your business. So, who should you choose for your new company? Here are some options.


First, you should think about levels of experience. Experience is often more useful than qualifications because people will be able to handle issues that they need to manage on a day-to-day basis in your business. For instance, you may want someone who has experience working with a team over another individual who is only used to working for themselves. Collaboration is key when working to achieve shared market goals. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to reject newbies to your respected industry—someone with a low level of experience.


On the other side of the experience, there are qualifications. Certain qualifications will mean that you are more valuable in your role. From an employer perspective, qualifications mean that you don’t have to worry about issues with team members lacking the training that they need. You should however always make sure that you check whether they do have the necessary qualifications and those that are listed on their CV. It’s entirely possible that people have added qualifications in the hope that you won’t check.

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Something else to consider when hiring new people for your team is how well you check their backgrounds. You don’t want to hire someone simply based on the information you have seen on their CV. A high percentage of individuals stretch the truth on their resumes so you never know if you are getting the skilled person on paper. Make sure anyone you interview has references available upon request and that they are okay with them being contacted. Ensure you ring these referees when you decide to hire that person to gauge a better understanding of the type of person they are. A fellow employer may be able to shed some extra light that hasn’t already been divulged.


Another thing to think about when it comes to getting the best employees possible is their background. A diverse team filled with culture will give you a team of all-rounders, capable of doing any task thrown at them. It is a wonderful idea to celebrate different employee cultures as well, so if you decide to hire them you can have set days during the year. For instance, Diwali or Christmas. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential employees about their culture and how they think they will fit into your team.


Next, you should make sure that you are spending the right amount of time and effort on interviewing people for the role. This can be a complex and arduous process. It’s not uncommon for an interview process to involve multiple stages before you settle on the right people for the role. While this might seem like a lot it will be worth it in the end. But this is only going to be the case if you make sure that you are asking the right questions that reveal everything you need to know about a potential hire. This is one of the reasons why a lot of employers decide to use a professional recruiting service. It avoids the stress as well as the mistakes.

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Next, you should also consider finding someone with the right personality for your business. If they don’t have the right personality, then it can lead to a difficult work environment where everyone struggles to remain productive and effective in their role. Essentially, people must click and feel as though they are part of a cohesive team that works well together.

This is another factor that can usually be assessed during the interview process. It won’t take long for you to determine who is going to be the right fit with other individuals you have previously hired.

Additional Desirable Skills

You might also want to hire people based on other desirable skills that they have. For instance, you could recruit people based on a CPR certification. People can get an online CPR certification free and it means that they will be able to help anyone who requires medical assistance while at work. This can save you a lot of time and money that you would usually need to spend ensuring that individuals in your team have this required training.


Ask yourself when you meet potential employees how committed you think they will be to not only your company but your cause as well. Specifically, you need to make sure that they understand and recognize the key, core values of your business. If they don’t, then this will mean that they struggle to achieve the required annual objectives laid out by your business each year. Remember, everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes to helping the company succeed and indeed grow.


Finally, when it comes to the team of people you hire, ensure they are able to offer the company some flexibility. You don’t want to hire somebody who is just looking to earn a paycheck each month, you want an employee who puts the needs of your business first. Hiring someone who just wants to get through the nine to five and then leaves before meeting a deadline isn’t the type of employee you want on your team. A great question to ask at the interview stage to gauge flexibility is to describe a problem they faced and how they overcame this. Asking a question like this will not only give you an indication of how they react to stressful situations, but how flexible they are with changing direction mid-way through a task.

We hope this helps you understand some of the key variables that you should keep in mind when choosing new team members for your business. In doing so, you can always get the best people who will help you push your company to the next level.