Q. What is the top sign a job candidate won’t fit in at my small business?
A. “When looking to hire key employees in a small business or a startup business, the individuals
must be very comfortable wearing many hats and juggling many different aspects of the job as an
individual contributor. A person with years of experience may be accustomed to working in an
office with support staff doing more of the tactical aspect of the job. As a key person in a small
business, the person will not have the luxury of support staff to accomplish company goals.
Therefore, being flexible in managing many different moving parts of the business at the same
time is a key skill to look for in candidates. Another key element…is their ability to sell the
company products and services. As a small business, everyone must be able to articulate the
business, its products and services and bring business in the doors so that small businesses can
move to medium size businesses in the future.”