Hiring employees is one of the most challenging parts of owning or managing a business. For many, this area of business is one of the least enjoyable because of the immense amount of pressure to secure decent, hard-working and trustworthy individuals. Many managers have been faced with the negative repercussions of hiring someone who later shows poor character. That is why so many people today rely on background checks when hiring employees, but don’t allow yourself to be blinded by the results of your search. Here are a few important things to consider before making your final decision.
Rather than disqualifying what might be a great hire based on one hit on their background, look to disqualify candidates with many hits. Anyone can make a mistake which can haunt them for years to come, but many mistakes should send warning signals out for you. Multiple issues may show that your candidate is less than trustworthy and could be cause to move on to the next potential hire.
Consideration the Circumstance
There may be more to a background check than what it actually contains. If you’re considering a hire and find something less than preferable on their history, be sure to talk to them about the circumstances surrounding the incident to get a clear idea of what happened. This will give your potential hire the chance to explain the transgression, as well as present your managerial style as being forthright and understanding.
Check Every Applicant and Know Your Limits
If you’re going to start running background checks on your employees, you’ll need to be totally consistent with your checks. If you’re only checking a select type of potential hire, you could come up against claims of discrimination. Before doing anything, always be sure you know the laws about background checks for employment well, as in some states, checks are only permitted to be completed on people who will directly be working with money or valuable items.
Confirm Claims of Education
Many companies take the claims on a resume or application as truth when making a hire. To avoid issues which can easily arise in the future, check these claims of education before making a hire. Not only can false claims make your entire company look bad, but it can also coerce you to pay more for a staff member who is not as well trained as you believe them to be. In the end, taking the time to confirm all claimed education is well worth the effort in order to protect your company and the position.
This guest post is from Allison with BackgroundCheck.org.