On what to base your hiring

By Raphaëlle McAngus 4th November 2016

Almost ready to launch your business but stuck on the next step: hiring? If you are wondering on what to base your hiring, these few tips will come on handy and almost make you an expert on questions such as: What qualities to look for or how to negotiate the salary.


First thing you would want to do is make a list of the top qualities you are seeking in a candidate accordingly to their future position in your company. Many researches led us to believe you might want a dynamic person in the selling department to deal with clients, fast people for the administrative part as you will not have time to deal with dead-lines, payrolls etc, or you might need a calm and relaxed person in the after-service department to deal with angry customers.

If we deepen the subject, the top qualities you need to look for are meanly linked to the skills and human contact. The way your candidate analyses a situation is crucial. Your employee will have to be able to deal with a situation. Although, bear in mind there are always new skills to acquire. No one knows everything in one go so you might want to be a little indulgent and seek for his or her potential. Regarding the human contact part, it is difficult to say it is more important than skills but if you have a great employee who is very dedicated to the job, the fact that he or she is abhorrent with the other colleagues might affect your staff’s dynamic… and you do not want your other employees to leave one by one.

On the salary level, you might want to ask how much the candidate is willing to accept and be clear that a salary evolution is always possible later on. Usually, candidates understand the difficulties you may encounter when starting your business and are willing to work for a low salary at first. But you must also acknowledge the professional past of your candidate as it is an indicator of his or her reliability. You should also note whereas your candidate arrives early or late to the appointment. Check the attitude, the way they dress-up and don’t forget to ask as much questions as possible about their previous job; you don’t want any bad surprises.

We often hear that the first impression is the best one but you might want to take a step back and sleep on it. But in any case, you should trust your guts. Trusting yourself in hiring the perfectly capable person to do the job is a must.  Now, you are good to go!

Business Etiquette and Cultural Differences

Being the heart of Europe, it comes to no surprise that Brussels is very culturally diverse. You can find people of many different nationalities speaking different languages. One of the reasons is because the open border policy within the EU helps foreigners come start businesses in Belgium. In addition, Belgium hosts the headquarters of both the European Commission and NATO.

It comes with a great advantage to be aware of different cultural norms to be able to efficiently deal with customers and clients of other countries. Continue reading Business Etiquette and Cultural Differences

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Stricter legal conditions for obtaining Belgian citizenship.

The 28 June 1984 Code on the Belgian nationality (“the Nationality Code”) determines how Belgian citizenship can be obtained. A stricter version has been adopted and published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 14 December 2012. Major changes will enter into force as from the first of January 2013:

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The ABC of Rental Law in Belgium (by Emilie Willems)

Are you planning to move to Belgium? To avoid unpleasant surprises, this article will tell you everything you need to know about your rights and duties as a tenant.

In Belgium, tenants’ rights are extremely well protected as long as you do not forget to take the right precautions (entry and exit inventory, diplomatic clause, registration…).

For you, our colleague Emilie Willems has listed the following 10 main points related to the lease agreements for your principal residence:

Company’s presents ?

Gifts to clients must be limited to 50 € for a 100% VAT deduction.

Low content alcohols (Wine, Champagne, Martini…) are part of the deal and do benefit from this deduction.
This restriction does not apply to Restaurants, Hotels, Bars, etc., as this is considered as a professional expense and thus VAT is always deductible no matter the quantities or values of the goods purchased.


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