While the owner tends to interview and hire their first few employees, many small businesses that are expanding rapidly have found that developing hiring guidelines helps make the process quicker. If each person with the ability to interview follows the rules, it stands to reason that the majority of people hired will be good employees. It often tends to work out well for small businesses, but there have been times when bad guidelines or mistaken beliefs have interfered with good hiring practices.
It would be a perfect world if every person seeking employment was perfect for the job and a good worker, but that is far from the reality. Fooling the interviewer by giving false answers has long been a way to get a foot in the door, and there are always those who are unable to do the actual work once hired. Sorting out these people can take time and effort, and it can cost a small business an inordinately large amount when they make a hiring error.