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If you are a new business owner, hiring yo­ur first employee is big step. Not only do you have to be doubly certain you actually need an employee (and not just better organization), you also have to make sure you hire the right person. If you're working in a larger established business and have taken on the role of Human Resources Manager, or simply need to hire an employee for your department because there is no HR department, then you too have to make sure you don't make a hiring mistake. Recruiting, interviewing, and hiring employees is a science in itself. It has grown over the years to be one of the most critical aspects of business success. The right people make the company. Remember the old saying that your employees are your most important asset. It's true.

On the Job

­In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll investigate what it really takes to hire the right person for the job. We'll take you through the steps and explain the importance of some of the decisions you'll have t­o make along the way. In the end, you'll have an understanding of why most companies have an HR department that does all of the hiring. Hiring is a science, and no one ever said science was simple!