Congratulations! Your small business is exploding, and you can now afford to hire your first employee. Perhaps you're exhausted from wearing all hats for too many years and you can't wait to offload some of the most time-consuming tasks on a helper. Maybe there are aspects of your business that you don't fully understand, and you know that an experienced employee will do a much better job than you. You may even want to hire an employee so that you can spend more time with your family or out having fun.
Whatever your circumstances, this isn't something that you can jump into too quickly. To limit your risk of hiring the wrong person and dealing with the consequences, there are six things that you should do before you interview a single candidate.