If you have been in business for any length of time, you probably know EXACTLY what the mirror test is.
Simply stated, it’s a time-tested method for hiring people to fill open positions in a company. It’s safe to say, this technique is used by countless small business owners from around the world.
Sadly, this well used “technique” doesn’t work all that well. For those of you who don’t know, this is how the hiring process (AKA Mirror Test) works for far too many small businesses. It generally works like this…
- Place newspaper ad.
- Meet applicants.
- Place mirror under applicants nose.
- Check for “fogging” of mirror.
- Hire any candidate that fogs up mirror.
In others words…if they can breathe then HIRE THEM FAST before someone else gets them. I know that I was guilty of that when I first started, and I know it’s a common problem for other small business owners.
Now why would that be?
The main reason is a lack of preparation on the part of the person in charge of hiring. Odds are they simply don’t realize the work that goes into trying to hire someone. You can’t just show up at the last moment and make a judgement call on who is the best candidate.
You need to know what questions to ask, you need the actual applications they have to complete not to mention a place to interview them. Then once all that is done you have to sit back and hope the applicant shows up on time for the interview, or better yet, shows up at all!
Another reason why small business owners fail at the hiring process is because they aren’t equipped with the proper education. At the end of the day, unless you have done your homework, getting the right employee is NOT easy to accomplish.
The last reason why people fail at the hiring game is due to a lack of time. Generally small business owners are very busy, and as a result they may be doing a lot of the work themselves just trying to keep the business afloat.
This leads to very little effort being put forth on “how to hire”. By the time the interview rolls around, they just want the first person who can pass the mirror test. When they spot one, they hire them and “hope” for the best.
But like I said, this is no way to hire someone.
You need a plan. Better yet a “system” of some kind that allows you to find a great fit for your cleaning company. The proverbial “needle in a haystack” as they say. Well you are in luck!
Over the years I have posted a few articles that should be of help to you as you attempt to hire someone for your cleaning business. Take your time and browse one or more of the posts below…
Interview Basics - This post gives good ideas on what to look for and what questions to ask.
Hiring Quality People - Discusses the benefits of high quality people.
Checking References – Things to look for when checking out references.
Screening Applicants – Just some tips for saving time when hiring.
Tracking Ads – A simple method for measuring a help wanted ads effectiveness.
Running Employment Ads – A brief tutorial on what to place in a help wanted ad.
Job Descriptions Made Easy – 5 reasons why you need them and 5 tips for creating them.
Well…I gave you a lot to chew on! I hope you enjoy the lessons and PLEASE make sure to comment below with any tips or suggestions you may have (the more the merrier).
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