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Asking the Right Questions and Gauging Character During the Hiring Process



As a beading business owner, you might have found it easy to start off in the industry. With an admirable amount of passion and a little know-how when it comes to entrepreneurship, it can be simple for an amateur to master the initial stages of self-employment. But what do you do once your company starts to grow?

While you might feel like you can take on much of the responsibility yourself, this isn't practical--more often than not, entrepreneurs find themselves burnt out after trying to handle business matters that are meant for more than one person. If this happens to you, don't be ashamed--you're in the majority. It isn't uncommon for entrepreneurs to have to hire additional help as their companies grow over time. Some people choose to hire family members or friends, while others don't mind putting out an ad in search of employees.

Beading business owners will likely want to look for employees who specialize in this sector of the industry, or at least have some know-how when it comes to jewelry. There are a number of questions that must be asked of applicants during the hiring process in order to make sure you develop a strong staff. However, honing in on the qualities you would like each of your employees to have is one way that you can make the hiring process a little easier.

For instance, are you looking for someone who has worked with a beading and jewelry business before? Do you value integrity and morality in your employees? Having an objective can make it easier during the interview process as well. Here are a few questions and characteristics you can look for from your applicants as you begin to hire.
  1. "How do you stand out from the competition?" Microsoft says that this question should be on every interviewer's list for a number of reasons. First, it encourages applicants to think about why they deserve the job--and wouldn't you like to know as the potential employer? Next, this question will provoke applicants to think about their skill sets and how they can contribute to the company as an employee.

    Furthermore, asking individuals to decipher themselves from others can help you gauge their self-esteem. Keep in mind that being overly confident can be a bad thing for your beading business--this may indicate that an applicant works poorly with a team.

  2. "How do you do with time management?" Entrepreneur.com notes that this is one of the most important questions to ask an applicant during the interview process. After all, you don't want to end up hiring someone who can't meet deadlines. This can end up being more trouble than it's worth, in addition to causing you more stress.

    As a follow-up question, consider asking the individual how he or she has excelled at time management in the past. Hone in on an example to verify that the applicant has the ability to use his time wisely under impending deadlines.

  3. "What is your greatest career accomplishment?" Although most applicants expect this question to come up during the interview process, you may be surprised at how many can thoughtfully answer it. This is an effective way to tell if the individual is able to think quickly in an unexpected situation as well as remember important details from the past.
Of course, don't let the actual story of his or her accomplishment fall by the wayside. Think about the contribution of this person may have positively or negatively affected his past employer. What does this hold for you as a potential employer?

Although the interview process can be a strenuous one, it's important to remember that you may not always be 100 percent accurate with your judgement of character at the end of the day. Over time, you're bound to hire a couple of people that you could have done without and don't exactly fall into the category of "perfect employee."

The Wall Street Journal notes that more companies are taking the time to train their employees in order to build a more well-rounded staff. That being said, it may be more important for you to look for individuals who have the potential to grow with your beading business.

Whichever way you look at it, hiring takes an ample amount of time and preparation in order to make sure you aren't putting in a wasted effort. Although it may be stressful, keep your eye on the prize and remember that a helpful staff means less stress and anxiety for you in the future. 


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