Tips for Hiring the Right Employee

Is it worth the time it takes to make sure you hire the right employee? Or can you just hire someone and take your chances.

Employment Practices

Tips for Hiring the Right Employee

Just before Christmas, a story appeared in our local newspaper about a shooting involving a local pastor and a handyman who worked for his church.  Apparently the "man of cloth" informed his employee that his services were no longer needed. At that point, the handyman opened fire with a hand gun and gunfire was then returned by the pastor. Although no one was killed, the handyman was critically injured and it would not be a surprise if lawsuits are filed by both parties.


Hopefully none of us will ever go through a similar episode, but hiring the right employee is a very important task as support staff are integral to the success of our practices.

Over the years I've found that a few things help me with the interview process. I'm sure you have favorite topics and items which are beneficial to you and here are some which you might also consider. 

  • Determine what's important to you and ask thoughtful questions. 
  • I generally want to know what someone's goals are relative to one, five and 10 years and where they expect to be in their career.
  • I also like to inquire about what they liked most and least about their previous employment.
  • While it's always nice to hire someone with great skills, I am equally impressed by someone's attitude. Skills can be taught.

Hiring is a very important aspect of running any business. Being prudent and thoughtful in the process is a must. As a human resource professional recently shared with me, "sometimes having no one is better than having the wrong person."

Happy days and Happy New Year! 


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