Ep06 | Intro to Hiring with Stephanie Masters

In this episode, Bradley Martin and Stephanie Masters talk through the hiring process. The discussion covers:


  • Are you ready to hire?

  • How do I make a job description?

  • Where do I find candidates?

  • Are referrals always best?

  • What should I ask in the interview?

  • How do I know who is best for the job?

  • What NOT to do in the interview

  • On-boarding

This is “Clearing the Way." A resource for small business. I talk with sales and HR experts, other small business owners, and anyone else that can provide you with information to clear your way to success.


Today’s episode is going to be a little bit different. The first episode of the Expert Discussions. Today’s focus: HR.


Hiring, interviewing, On-boarding, management, culture. Idk how much of that we will actually get to, but here we go…


My guest today is Stephanie Masters, owner of Stephanie Masters Consulting AND as of very recently, Nonprofit Sidekick. Stephanie graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors in Art Education. She spent 5 years as an Activities Director at a long term care facility before transitioning to a staffing management position at a staffing agency. This is where it appears that the “HR” focus begins. She advanced in that company up to a Branch Manager. Stephanie moved on to become a Training Lead at a relatively large bank and spent the next nearly 15 years working in training and development for various banking institutions, universities, and technology & brand consulting firms. In 2017, Steph finally decided to branch out on her own starting Stephanie Masters Consulting. She assists businesses with recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, career growth, and leadership development. In July of this year (2022), Stephanie and her business partner opened Nonprofit Sidekick, which focuses on supporting nonprofits. Stephanie is certified in Franklin Covey Time Management, Gallup Strengths, Loominger Voices 360, Predictive Index Talent Optimization, and too many more too list them all.


I kept hearing her name come up, but didn’t actually get to meet Steph until I took interest in my current role at the Washington CDC. My view of anything HR related prior to talking to Steph was not super positive. I never really thought the term Human Resources at most organizations was true to the name. In most places I had worked, HR was just payroll and things like that. Working with Steph REALLY opened my eyes to the gap that most organizations that I’ve worked with had. Spending time actually focusing on the development of your employees makes a massive difference. From the employee perspective, the entire experience is so much more welcoming. It makes it feel like the organization ACTUALLY cares about your growth and your future.