Let's face it, hiring employees can
be difficult. Thus, small business owners
often default to the path of least resistance by hiring
friends and family. Read on for tips on how to
make objective hiring decisions when hiring people
Ann Clifford, President
Can you hire one candidate over another simply
because you like them better?
Dos and Don'ts
See answer provided below.
Hiring Friends and Family
When starting a new business, entrepreneurs often
reach out to their friends and family as their first
employees. It is natural to hire
people who we trust and who believe in us.
And, sometimes hiring friends and family makes
sense. Yet consider these potential pitfalls
before you commit to hiring a close friend or family
Skills may be mismatched for the position.
Discipline and terminations are emotionally
Favoritism may cause issues with other
Lack of separation from personal and business
The "Likability" Trap
Have you ever hired a candidate just because you felt
a personal connection? Take caution when
hiring someone based solely on "likeability."
Ask yourself the following questions to be sure you
have not overlooked weaknesses in a candidate.
Have I evaluated the candidate's past work history
thoroughly, including specific responsibilities and
Have I used assessments to evaluate
skills and behaviors?
Have I had an objective third party interview the
Avoid mistakes in hiring friends as sales
evaluating two essential criteria.
Safari Interview Tip
If you are emotionally invested in a candidate, ask
them to meet with an impartial third party.
Whether you chose a Safari Consultant, trusted
business advisor, or a manager from your team, a
neutral party may provide insights that you may not
Safari Success Story
Safari Solutions recently helped a client search for an
Account Manager. The client received referral
candidates from their network in addition to sourced
candidates from the open market. Safari
Solutions' objective Tiger Eye Hiring process
evaluated each candidate consistently and the best
candidate was chosen.
Did You Know
Seventy-nine percent of small-business owners
surveyed have hired a friend or family
member. Twenty-two percent said this
was a bad decision.
What percent of hiring managers use social
networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and
MySpace to investigate candidates before making a
Answer to Today's Dos and Don'ts
Can you hire one candidate over another
simply because you like them better?
Several intangibles will play a part in your decision to
hire an employee. As long as your own
personal prejudices are not directed toward people in
a protected class, it is reasonable to consider whether
you "like" or would "enjoy" working with a particular
individual. However, in all hiring decisions, it is
essential that the person hired is well qualified for the
Safari Solutions' recruitment process
outsourcing services help companies hire better.
Acting as a corporate HR partner, we help companies
make educated hiring decisions by sourcing,
screening, and evaluating candidates with a high level
of due diligence. Over 250 business owners have
improved hiring results using Safari Solutions' Tiger
Eye Hiring process.