Recruiting and retaining good employees is becoming more and more challenging. Before filling any position, you must first know that position inside and out. Analyze the job in detail and make note of the physical and mental requirements; licenses and permits; skills and abilities; and personality characteristics. Include all of these criteria in a detailed and specific job description.

Simply talking to a perspective employee is key to determining if the personality is compatible to your business and the job. But there are several types of evaluation tools that can further help you to identify the person with the best skills for the job. Evaluation tools include: written applications, written tests, oral tests, interviews, practical tests and reference checks.

The first 30 days with a new employee are important. Proper and adequate training is vital to the success of a new employee. They will need advice on everything from the informal relationships among coworkers to their specific job responsibilities. Create the kind of environment where employees are not afraid to ask questions.

Performance evaluations should be done on a regular basis for everyone, but this is especially true for new employees. Training employees and reviewing their progress regularly for at least three months may prevent future problems. When an employee is new, instruction and guidance will most likely be viewed as helpful. Evaluations or guidance only after an employee has been there a while may be taken negatively.