Hiring top-quality employees is a key to success for many farm operators. Dave Resch, Dakota County, MN, extension agent, suggests the following steps:

- Make preselections.

- Prepare for the interviews.

- Conduct effective interviews.

- Summarize each interview.

- Test the applicants' skills.

- Check references with a phone call or personal contact.

- Make the selection.

- Hire the person.

- Schedule a physical exam.

- Notify unsuccessful candidates.

- Prepare for the employee's first day.