Regardless of your organization's size, strategy, financial backing, or innovative capacity, your employees are among the most valuable assets to your business. Their productivity powers the business, and their experiences, interactions, and attitudes help shape company culture.
Just one bad hire can have a ripple effect throughout an organization. Lost productivity, a negative impact on client relationships and sales, and potential legal issues and fees are just a few of the potential negative outcomes.
Poor hires can also undermine the business brand, hinder staff morale, and put client relationships at risk. When a poor hire leaves, remaining employees who must pick up extra responsibilities may also bear the burden of working overtime to keep projects moving.
With so much at stake, effective hiring strategies are essential to an organization's longevity and success. There are actions you can take to help maximize your confidence in hiring. A thorough hiring process starts with the following:
1. Interview process
Before the interview process, hiring teams should prepare questions that help shed light and insight beyond the applicant's information presented on an application or resume.
Asking behavioral-based interview questions can help the hiring team gain valuable insights: classifying the candidate's fit within the broader organization's culture, uncovering potential developmental areas, and pinpointing their respective strengths and overall appropriateness for the role.
Keep in mind that interview questions should not solicit information that employers are legally barred from considering in the hiring process, including but not limited to age, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and/or disability.
2. Background checks
There may be candidates who lie on a resume, embellish skill sets, or falsify information about job titles. Even if you've found what looks like the perfect candidate for a role you need filled, taking the time to perform a background check could be in your company’s best interest. Just make sure that you comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding background screening.
A post-offer, pre-employment background check where permitted by law allows you to verify information you're relying on, such as previous experience, education, and certifications. Additionally, a criminal background check and/or a credit check, where applicable and permitted by law, can help you feel more confident knowing that valuable company resources — from client relationships to finances — will be protected.
3. Hiring solutions
Managing the entire hiring process on your own can be time-consuming. While it’s time well-spent, it’s a process to properly recruit the best fit and hard-to-find candidates, uncover important information about potential hires, and stay in compliance with applicable employment laws. This is why many businesses take advantage of hiring solutions available on the market today to help them complete these administrative tasks and feel more confident in their hiring decisions.
With a solid recruitment and interview process backed with an effective employee screening and background checks system, you can improve your chances of finding high-performance candidates and stay focused on what you do best: supporting your staff and growing the business.