Hopefully your small business is off to a great start in 2013. If it is, you may be thinking about adding new team members. Making the right hires can help energize your business and propel it to the next level. Making the wrong hiring choice can drain time, money, and energy from your team and drive away your true superstars.

So whether you are about to make the big leap and hire your first employee or add to an established team, the following resources provide help with the entire hiring process, from where to look for great candidates, to what to ask during interviews, to how to make the final decision.

How to Hire Your First Employees and How to Attract Talent to a Small Company: These two Wall Street Journal guides provide tips for small business owners at the beginning stages of building a team.

How to Tap Your Ex-Employees as a Hidden Hiring Resource: Keeping in touch with ex-employees helps small businesses build trusted networks that can be used for recruiting and other things. This post provides tips on how to cultivate these relationships.

Vanessa Nornberg on Building a Killer Salesforce: Watch this six-episode series culled from an Inc. Live talk. Nornberg, a small business owner, talks about her interviewing process and subsequent training of salespeople. Be sure to view the RED FLAGS clip that talks about how to screen out a candidate in the first five minutes of the interview.

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions For 2013: It is getting harder and harder to surprise candidates with interview questions that reveal a true ability to think on their feet. Try one from this list of questions used by some of the top US companies.

Filling That Social Media Job: 7 Ways to Get It Wrong: Social media is a hot field right now, so there are lots of candidates, with varying degrees of experience, hoping to make it a career. If your company is looking for a social media manager, the tips in this post can help you make the right hire.

5 Key Hiring Lessons From Senate Confirmation Battles: Although your interview process will likely be considerably less adversarial, this article provides useful takeaways from the process — including how to choose candidates — that will enhance your team.

This Small Business Tip from PaySimple offers one more way to make your small business more productive.

Lisa Hephner

Lisa Hephner

My name is Lisa, and I'm the Vice President of Knowledge, responsible for the management of corporate, product, competitor, marketplace, legal, and regulatory knowledge, and creation and dissemination of knowledge tools using these assets to PaySimple prospects, customers, employees, and partners.

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