How to Hire a Team Leader

Does your growing business need a team leader? Team leaders can help your company develop your employees.

Here are some tips to help you find great team leader candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Team leaders searching for jobs on Indeed*

153,948

Job seekers that clicked team leader jobs

131,886

Resumes for job seekers with team leader experience on Indeed

10,171

Team leader jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring team leader?

  • Common salary in US: $13.43 hourly
  • Typical salaries range from $7.25$28.45 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, team leader jobs in the U.S. are very competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 15 job seekers per team leader job.

Why hire a team leader?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your morale. A great team leader hire can help your business:

• Develop the next generation of employees
• Provide excellent customer service
• Lead your company

What are the ranks of team leaders?

There are many positions in the field of management. Some of these titles include:

  • Team leaders: Team leaders are on the low end of the management spectrum. They’re responsible for overseeing the work of the crew, training new hires and setting short-term goals for the team. 
  • Department manager: Department managers are in charge of a specific section of a store. They ensure their team is completing their work, create department-specific reports and work to improve the department’s sales. 
  • General managerGeneral managers are often responsible for a whole store. They focus on the big-picture duties while department managers and team leaders take care of daily tasks. 
  • District managerA district manager travels between several stores in a predetermined area and assesses the store’s compliance with corporate and federal regulations. They also work to improve each store’s profits and lower operational costs.
  • Regional manager: A regional manager is in charge of several district managers. 
  • Chief executive officerChief executive officers are at the top of the chain of command. They’re responsible for major decisions regarding the whole company. 

Where to find team leaders

To find the right team leader for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Hire from within. Hiring from within can save a company money and time. Assess the knowledge and leadership skills of your current team members to determine if any of them are suitable for a supervisory position. Conduct interviews with quality candidates to make a decision. 
  • Post help wanted notices. Notifying the community about the position is often an effective way to obtain a few applications. 
  • Use a recruitment agency. Hiring a recruitment agency can give you several options for your team leader position. Set up interviews with agencies to help you find promising candidates. 
  • Post your job online. Try posting your team leader job on Indeed to find and attract quality team leader candidates.

What are the ranks of team leaders?

There are many positions in the field of management. Some of these titles include:

  • Team leaders: Team leaders are on the low end of the management spectrum. They’re responsible for overseeing the work of the crew, training new hires and setting short-term goals for the team. 
  • Department manager: Department managers are in charge of a specific section of a store. They ensure their team is completing their work, create department-specific reports and work to improve the department’s sales. 
  • General managerGeneral managers are often responsible for a whole store. They focus on the big-picture duties while department managers and team leaders take care of daily tasks. 
  • District managerA district manager travels between several stores in a predetermined area and assesses the store’s compliance with corporate and federal regulations. They also work to improve each store’s profits and lower operational costs.
  • Regional manager: A regional manager is in charge of several district managers. 
  • Chief executive officerChief executive officers are at the top of the chain of command. They’re responsible for major decisions regarding the whole company. 

Writing a team leader job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified team leader candidates. A team leader job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your team leader job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on team leader jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Management
  • Retail
  • Retail management
  • Team lead
  • Team leader
  • Hiring immediately
  • Tractor supply

Interviewing team leader candidates

Strong candidates for team leader positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• What style of leadership they practice
• Strategies for dealing with a difficult employee
• Ways to give feedback

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of team leader interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a team leader

What is a talent review?

Similar to a performance review, a talent review is performed by high-level employees. They analyze the skills of entry-level employees to identify promising individuals. This can help determine potential candidates for promotions to team leader positions. 

What does a team leader wear?

A team leader’s uniform changes depending on the company they work for. Some companies may require a team leader to wear a similar uniform to a crew member, with slight distinctions. Others may have their team leaders wearing formal uniforms, including button-down shirts and slacks. 

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