4. How to interview candidates
It is a good idea to interview candidates, to learn more about them in person. You’ll need to think about:
- when and where you’ll conduct the interviews
- what questions to ask them – make sure you have a standard list so you can compare candidates like-for-like
- whether you want them to give a presentation or do a test to demonstrate their skills
After the interviews, it is good practice to let candidates know the outcome of the interview within a few days and provide feedback if they ask for it. Don’t leave people hanging. We’ve all been there and it doesn’t feel good…
5. How to offer someone a job
You can offer someone the job over the phone, in person, by email. Give them a few days to consider the offer and let them know when you need their answer by.
Anyone classed as an employee has the right to a written document summarising the main terms of their employment (if they’re employed for more than 1 month). This includes information about their pay and working hours.
So when they accept, you’ll need to issue a written statement of employment particulars / contract of employment. Find out more about these on the Gov.uk website.
6. How to meet your legal requirements as a new employer
Woo-hoo, you’re an employer! There is a whole load of admin associated with taking on an employee including items that are critical for legal compliance.
- payroll and pensions
- minimum wage
- Health & Safety
- and more
See our essential HR guide for startups for more information.
7. How to successful on-board a new staff member
On-boarding is the process of getting someone into their job and up to speed. It is a good idea to create an induction plan. This is just a document that outlines what things they need to do in their first week.
- Things they need to do – set up accounts on relevant software, provide details for payroll
- Things they need to learn – how to use the photocopier, stock management processes
- People they need to meet – key suppliers or other staff
You’ll also need to think about how to meet any gaps in their skills. For example, sending them for relevant training or training them yourself.
8. How to manage a staff member
Once your new starter is up to speed, you will need to manage them and their performance long-term. This can be a big mindset shift for people who are used to working for themselves. You’ll need to think about:
- what you want them to do each week and how you’ll communicate that to them
- how you’ll set goals for them and monitor their performance
- the process for dealing with any problems
- what will happen if they’re off sick for any length of time
- how you’ll motivate them and maintain team morale
You also need to be aware of on-going legal requirements as an employer. Check out the Employ Someone guide on Gov.uk for information.