If your independent contractor service or small business is growing, you may be tempted to hoard the extra profits. However, a more wise option may be to invest that additional money in a few more employees. Hiring additional help can allow you to grow even larger, ensuring that your revenues and profits will be more likely to grow, as well.
If you have no experience with hiring practices, you may want to speak to a professional recruiter or human resources expert for tips on screening and interviewing potential candidates. Federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit choosing an employee based on gender, race and a few other factors, so it is always best to educate yourself in these matters. You will also want to make sure you know what you are looking for in the new members of your team and single out those candidates that most closely fit the bill before you begin scheduling interviews.
Leave yourself plenty of time between interviews. Not only will you have an opportunity to jot down some notes on the candidate you have just spoken with, but it will help to keep one potential new hire from blurring into the next. It would be disastrous to find your perfect employee, but then not be able to recall which resume was hers.
Finally, you will want to make sure that you have the details of your compensation package together before you interview. While you may not want to tell candidates all of the details or even the base salary, it will help to ensure that you screen out those employees who will not consider your target range.