As any successful business owner will tell you, the key to running a business which becomes successful is as much about hiring a great staff as it is about having a great product. The staff is the engine behind the business and you must ensure that you select the right people, give them the proper training and care for them while they are working for you.
The difference between a great staff and a poor staff is immeasurable and you must make sure that you get it right first time. Negative consequences could involve offering a refund to customers after poor service, fixing a negative review on Google on even worse, damaging your reputation with the BBB.
The best way to ensure that you get the right person for the job is not only to look through the necessary skills and experience which someone may have, but also that you check people rigorously. Let’s have a look at how you can ensure that a candidate is going to be the right person for your position.
Using a Company
If you are able to financially, you could recruit a company which will completely vet one of your candidates. The process here will include a full history on the person, including online activities.
In terms of ease and time, this is most certainly the best option, but it is only really worth investing in for positions which are going to need someone that is perfect. For example, if you are looking for new sales staff, it may not be worth the investment, if on the other hand you are looking for a new manager, paying a company to vet them may be a smart move.
Checking Social Media
Social media is a great place to see more about your candidate and ensure that they are the right kind of person for you. Checking someone out on social media forums is not difficult and it can give you a clearer picture of the person who is interested in your job.
Speaking to Employers
Far too often people only call ex-employers to make sure that the candidate worked for them in the past. What many businesses fail to do, however, is dig a little deeper into their time at the old position, to ascertain how they were, how they worked, and most importantly, why they left. In many cases, a business won’t even call or contact the old employer, something which makes absolutely no sense at all, given the fact that people can easily scam you with their resume.
Another great way to see someone’s history is to Google their name, and see what comes up. If this person has ever been involved in controversy or something of that ilk, you will usually be able to see news stories and information online about it. The power of a Google search is high, and it is very quick and easy to do.
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