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4 Steps to Take before Hiring a New Employee

4 Steps to Take before Hiring a New Employee

Businesses need to hire new employees all the time, for various reasons. Whether a business is expanding and needs more hands on deck, or whether someone needs to be hired to replace someone else, the hiring process needs to be taken seriously. A shift in employees can severely impact your business as a whole. This shift can be positive if you find someone who is a good fit, but it can also be negative if you hire someone with a bad work ethic. There are a few steps to take to ensure that you’re hiring the right person, and going about it in the right way. We’ll be walking you through them.

Do Everything Right on Your Side

You may not have much control over how an employee acts once you hire them, but the key to a good working relationship is that the effort should come from both sides, and you do have control over your side of things. While it may be tempting to cut corners, you need to make sure that the hiring process is fair, ethical, and legal. This means you can’t hire your friends if there are better candidates. It’s also a good idea to get a San Diego employment law lawyer to make sure that the legal aspect of things is in order.

Reference Checks

You may want to go with your first impression of someone. This means that you have perhaps already decided to hire them, regardless of what their reference contact will say. While your instincts can certainly play a role in deciding who’s the best fit for the job, it’s important to remember that the interviewees might be acting, and that they might not be as good as they make themselves out to be. Checking their references will give you an unbiased opinion of how they are in the workplace.

Criminal Record Checks

Another important thing to check is a prospective employee’s criminal record. Someone having a criminal record doesn’t automatically mean you shouldn’t hire them, but it is good to be aware of your employees’ pasts. This way, you can help them stay on the right path, and make sure that they don’t fall back into bad habits. Of course, depending on the nature of their felony, you may decide against hiring them, especially if you feel it would make the workplace unsafe. Deciding whether you should hire ex-felons is a serious decision, and there are pros and cons for whatever choice you end up making.

A Trial Period

Many employers opt against having a trial period for all prospective employees. This is understandable – why invest time and resources in someone who might not even end up making the cut? If you can immediately tell that someone is a good fit for the business, this step might not be necessary. However, if you are having doubts, it could be worth it to have a trial run of them working, so that you can see how they fit in with other employees and get a better idea of their work ethic.

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by Lottie Pritchard // Lottie Pritchard is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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