Trying to Expand? 3 Great Hiring Tips
When it comes to building your independent insurance agency, you deserve to work with nothing but the best. While most agents start out working alone, they often need administrative or front desk assistance as they expand. Whether you are looking for someone to answer your phones or to provide extensive assistance, here are three hiring tips.
Look for Cross-Functional Professionals
Specialists are excellent, but they often are a luxury new businesses can’t afford. Unless you can afford to hire someone to help with customer service, another person to help with marketing, and another for accounting, you are going to need to find an assistant with a diverse skill range. Closely examine the candidate’s resume to identify their skills and how they have been applied in the past. Eliminate candidates who you are unable to train, who don’t want to learn, or those who have very niche skills.
Not only are you going to be spending a lot of time in the office with one another, but the person you hire will also likely be interacting with your clients. Before making a hiring decision, ask yourself how you would react to each candidate if they were to help you. If someone’s personality seems abrasive or they don’t look professional, move on to the next candidate!
Don’t Be Afraid to Part Ways
After hiring someone, they may not be a perfect fit for your team. They may have all the skills you need but might not be able to keep up with your pace, or they have a clashing personality. As a growing entrepreneur, it is important to remember that you aren’t obligated to keep others employed. If someone isn’t working out, you shouldn’t hinder your business. Instead, you should peacefully part ways and look for someone better suited for the role.
Know When to Grow Your Team
Hiring new team members can be a big responsibility for any business. At Affordable American Insurance, we want you to be sure that your new team member will be able to improve your operations and strengthen your brand. Contact us today to learn more hiring tips for independent insurance agents.