A busy business is good business, right? Many business owners claim that there are not enough hours in a day because they have to manage business demands and take on (on average) 3-6 key roles to maintain their business. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then maybe you need a new hire to help share the workload of growing demands.

Hiring someone can be difficult, time consuming and one more thing on your plate that you just don’t have time for.  But DON’T underestimate the time you should spend when hiring somebody. You may think you don’t have time to go through the process of screening, scheduling and interviewing; but you definitely do not have the time to doing this again in 90 days if a hire isn’t a good fit for your company.

Here are 4 “I”’s to help you with the hiring process and to find a great fit for the position and your company.

1.  Initiate
Take time to understand what you want the new hire to do. Initiate the hiring process by putting together a detailed job description that includes traits that you think would be best for the role. Craft interview questions that will help you to decipher if your candidates possess the traits and ability to fulfill the duties of the role.

2. Investigate
Do your due diligence and investigate your candidates. This may sound a little harsh but remember this person is not only a costly investment but a reflection of the company you worked hard to put together. Take the time to call the references and ask the good questions: why they left; how they worked with the other members of the company; would you welcome this person back into your company. With all the legalities involved with asking these questions you need to get good at listening between the lines. “No comment” is never an encouraging thing to hear.

3. Interrogate
Once you have investigated, do a good job interrogating. Ask those interview questions that you came up with in “initiate.” What attracted this candidate to look to you for employment? What experience do they bring to the table? Ask for real examples with previous employers. Lack of experience is not always a bad thing. People can learn and no experience can mean no bad habits.

4. Introduce
After passing the interrogation process, introduce them to the team. Get everyone acquainted. Remember your team will be spending a lot of time with this hire so it is also crucial to get their input. Good or bad chemistry within a team can make a big difference in overall productivity.

These steps can help insure a qualified, ambitious and happy employee.  So, spend the extra time during the hiring process and ultimately save yourself time in the long run by not having to re-hire.