Hiring a new employee can be as stressful for the hirer as it is for the hired. Are you choosing the right one? Will they fit in with the company? Will they be an asset or a hindrance? Sometimes it’s impossible to know in advance if an employee will really be a good fit. However, there are things you can and probably should double-check before you draw up that contract.
You probably looked to make sure that your applicants have the right educational level for the job, but did you ask for a diploma or did you just take their word for that? Did you go the extra mile to find education verification services? Diplomas can be faked pretty easily, so it’s a good idea to double-check that your potential employee has all the credentials they say they do.
You should also make sure that they have all the skills they claim to have. Skills tests can be part of the application process to avoid bias, and a few pointed questions in the interview process can also weed out those who exaggerate their talents. Know what skills are must-have, and check that your applicants have them all.
Getting references is a pain, and checking references is just as much of a pain, but it’s a good idea. Again, it’s a good measure to ensure that your applicant is who they say they are, but it’s also a good way to get a clearer idea of what they’re like to work with.
A lot of hiring is about gut instinct. This is someone you’re going to have to work with, and you can’t always tell from their resume whether they’re a good fit for your business. You have to trust your instincts about a lot of things, but there are other things that you shouldn’t leave to chance.