How to Hire the Best for Your Business

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In order to have a strong business, you need the right people working for you.  During this contractor-hiring season, it’s important to take the time to find the right staff—and some of that starts before you even meet with prospective candidates.

By focusing on hiring the best employees and reducing turnover, you can save costs and increase job performance.

The first step is to write out the qualities you want in an employee and for the position you seek. Determine the skills and abilities you are looking for and write a clear job description outlining specific duties.

Once you have candidates to interview, make sure you ask the right questions. Pay attention to their communication skills, personality, and how they interact with you.  Listen to their voice—do they sound excited, energetic, and honest? Even if you are in a hurry to hire, have them come back for another round of interviews and have them meet with other staff to get their take. Check references thoroughly. It’s better to do due diligence upfront than go back to the drawing board to find someone new.

One great hiring tool is a program called Hire A Hero, a job board and employment resource aimed at connecting companies with veterans. Companies can post jobs, view applicants, and come in contact with job seekers for free.

Currently, there are over 26,000 registered employers, more than 2.43 million job seekers, and 252,000 documented hires in the national Hire A Hero program. GAF is proud to support our transitioning troops and veterans by matching their skills with our partners in the roofing industry seeking motivated and hardworking candidates to fill open positions.

Good luck this contracting season!

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