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HR For Small Business For Dummies, Australian Edition by Paul Maguire

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Chapter 3

Sorting the Good from the Not So Good

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding how selection criteria can guide your decision

arrow Opening up the field of suitable candidates before narrowing your choices

arrow Applying strong interview techniques to uncover the applicant’s better qualities

arrow Considering delicate subjects when choosing an employee

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

W ith sincere apologies to William Shakespeare, imagine if each time you decided to employ a person, the ideal employee appeared upon a nearby balcony, to light up your life like a brilliant dawn sun. A slightly less fanciful, far less romantic but certainly more practical strategy is to use more than one means to promote your job and then create a short list of potential candidates from which to select your best employee. The task is not difficult but it does require a bit of organisation — and in this chapter I take you through the full process.

A short list of candidates is of little use unless you have a clear idea of ...

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