Every business owner obviously goes through the process of hiring new employees. Maybe you have a process that you have been using since starting your business, or maybe you don’t really have a clue or have never thought about refining your process. One thing is clear, it is a waste of time (and money) when you make a bad hire. A bad hire can hurt the morale of your business and affect sales or productivity. Use these simple tips to help you get it right the first time.

First, look at the people who currently work for you, and take note of the qualities that you believe make the workplace productive and efficient. These qualities could come from one single employee or from a group of employees. Either way, identify these star qualities and find an applicant that carries them.

Next, think about where you want your company to go, not just where the company is currently. When you post a job that you need filled, people send in their resumes. If you strictly focus on whats on the paper in front of you, then you might be able to hire someone who will fit your needs today, but will they be able to fit the needs of the future? Focus on finding someone for their potential to build your company into the future.

Third, and this may seem simple but go for a quality hire. Sure you may have to pay more money for a quality hire rather than the individual just looking for a paycheck, but having a workforce filled with quality employees will lead to you needing fewer employees.

Lastly, focus on exactly what the new hire will do for your company and what their role or job will be. If you realize that you have too much work to do and you need to hire someone and leave it at that, you will not be able to hire a quality employee. Take time to identify and determine exactly what parts of your job or company need assistance. This way, you know exactly what qualities to look for during the hiring process.