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Old 05-18-2010, 01:22 AM   #1
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I was wondering for those companies that hire employees (not one man operations) how you go about choosing who you hire.

Do you go for people who are honest, trustworthy and reliable but need to be trained? (helpers, who can learn)

Do you hire "professional painters" aka people who say they have experience, and hope for the best?

Do you hire friends you trust and train them?

or other?
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:36 AM   #2
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Stay away from hiring friends because the line between friends and boss gets muddy.

I used to hire people I could train but you really have to weed out a lot of less than desireables to find the right guy. Then if you find the right guy to train you want to make sure you have enough work to keep him working year round or else you will have invested more in him then you will get in return.

If I was to hire somebody today I would want a reliable employee that was a non smoker had a DL and a clean record with a minimum of 5 years experience and of course all my other criteria but that is the start.
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I have had trouble with people who say they are experienced... they are never as experienced as they say they are, and they expect a lot of money (20 an hour) for not amazing production rate.

This season I have chosen a couple hard working, trustworthy individuals who did not have a lot of experience, and trained them on prep work so that I could always send them to a send and get them prepping.
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I had 2 employees. one for 6 yrs one for 4yrs...honest reliable hardworking ..trained them both. Was extremely happy with both of them. One left 2 month ago to go back to corporate america...the other is leaving in a month...yiks..needless to say I am not happy. Will be starting the training process all over again was thinking about hiring someone with experience..but after reading the responses will probubly hire and train. Thanks for the thread.
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