3 Tips for Creating a Winning Team

One of the most important tasks a business owner will undertake is putting together a winning team. Even in an employer’s job market, it can sometimes be difficult to find an employee that has the necessary skills while also being a good fit for the environment. Here are three tips for creating a winning team.

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3 Tips for Creating a Winning Team

One of the most important tasks a business owner will undertake is putting together a winning team. Even in an employer’s job market, it can sometimes be difficult to find an employee that has the necessary skills while also being a good fit for the environment.

As you work to put your team together, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure long-term success. With the cost to replace an employee estimated at 20 percent of that employee’s salary, it’s crucial to find the right professional from the start. Only then can you begin the hard work of growing your team. Here are a few tips to help business owners as they build their next team.

Go Beyond the Résumé

The internet gives people instant access to a wealth of information about an individual. All you need is the name of a candidate and you can see, in advance, what the person looks like, what his or her personal interests are, and information about his or her work history. By conducting this research before the interview, you can gain insight into the personality of the worker, which will help in determining whether that person is a good fit with other team members.

LinkedIn is an especially valuable resource in building your business. At one glance, you may be able to identify common connections, allowing you to call a friend or colleague to ask for feedback on that individual.

Use Behavioral Interviewing Techniques

Traditional interviewing involves asking such clichéd questions as, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” The problem is that most interview subjects arrive armed with canned answers to these tried-and-true questions, so interviewers don’t get a clear picture of the candidate.

Perhaps that is why behavioral-based questions are now more popular than ever. With a behavioral question, you can ask something like, “Describe a time when you had to make a decision you knew wouldn’t be popular. How did you handle it?” Or, “Tell me about a time when you had to think outside the box.”

Behavioral-based questions do more than put candidates on the spot. They help you determine a potential employee’s thought processes to make sure they are a good fit for the organization.

Ask for Team Member Input

As you’re building your team, you shouldn’t leave out the other people who make up that team. If you ask for their thoughts on the skills and personality traits the new employee should have, they’ll feel as though they’re a trusted part of the business. Additionally, you’ll likely get valuable feedback on what they feel the team is lacking in terms of personality and skills.

Part of building your team is supporting and inspiring each of your team members as the team grows. Ensure each employee is getting what they need out of the work experience and try to create a positive culture that will ensure employee longevity. As the unemployment rate continues to drop, professionals may find they’re more challenged than ever to keep skilled workers. Your supportive, nurturing environment can make a big difference when a competitor tries to woo one of your workers away.

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