Have you ever felt like the task of finding good employees was beginning to feel a little like an African safari hunt? It can sometimes seem as if all the “perfect” people are miles away or slipping by you.
While this is a common feeling among employers looking to hire the best candidates they can, it can also be very problematic because it sometimes leads to knee-jerk reactions. As soon as someone comes in for an interview, the interviewee begins to wonder “Is this ‘The One’”? This emotional response, while understandable, can blind interviewers to making smart hiring decisions.
As you go out and “hunt” for the best possible people to fill your vacancies, it’s critical to add background checks to your interviewing process. They don’t have to take a long time, nor do they have to cost an arm and a leg. They simply help protect you from bringing someone into the fold who doesn’t belong on your team.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have the best people on staff. Just make sure you’re doing the legwork upfront — including background checks — to ensure safety and security of your company and customers.
If you’re an employer who conducts background checks on all new personnel, congratulations! You’ve taken the first step to ensuring that you’re hiring decent individuals. But don’t rely on background checks alone. A comprehensive hiring strategy must be a part of any company’s plan for success.
What else should you include in your interviewing process in addition to background checks?
Always check references. You can do this yourself or hire a third party provider to do it for you.
Always check past employers. Again, this is something that can be handled in or out of house.
Establish protocols for interviews. This will set a tone for how all your new hires are interviewed.
Train any interviewers. Don’t assume that a good employee will be a good interviewer. Get him or her training.
Don’t allow anyone to hire on “gut instincts”. Sometimes, your gut can be wrong… and that can cost you money, time and, unfortunately, your reputation.