Sometimes if the “perfect” candidate shows up at your interview, you are so thrilled that you finally found a good fit for the position that you forget to actually check to see what’s truthful on that CV and what’s a lie. It’s okay to base your hiring decisions on trust, but isn’t it better to be safe? How can you verify the information provided on the CV or during the interview and eliminate the risk of hiring the wrong person for your team?
There are clear ways to avoid hiring mistakes, and in doing so you might be able to save face and avoid having to start the entire process all over again after hiring the wrong person. The cost of having to renegotiate, interview more applicants, all to find the right fit is astronomical, so doing it right the first time will save both time and money. Here are four ways that you can avoid common interview blunders when you’re hiring.
Background checks help you find out things about the candidate that can’t be gained from references, researching the candidate on social media, and quick-fire interviews. Background checks will clear the candidate of having any past history with the law. If your company handles sensitive data, it’s important to run a credit check to make sure the person is able to get his or her own finances in order before advising your clients with theirs. Smart companies perform background and credit checks on employees before even considering them for a sensitive position.
Doing these four things will help you find the “perfect” candidate while dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. It’s important to do as much research on a candidate as possible to fully understand who exactly you’re hiring and will be working with on a daily basis.
Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, is an author, speaker, Human Resources professional, and workplace social media expert who has a passion for recruiting, training, and all things social media. She is the president and CEO of Xceptional HR, and a leader in the HR community with more than 12 years of industry experience. The author of Tweet This! Twitter for Business, Jessica was named by HR Examiner as the second most influential recruiter on the Internet and the seventh most powerful woman on Twitter. She is a columnist for both SmartBrief and The Huffington Post, in addition to Blogging4Jobs and Human Resources One on One. Jessica has been interviewed for professional articles in CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, SHRM’s HR Magazine, and on CBS. Jessica earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation in 2008, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Business from Kansas State University. Originally from a small town in Kansas, Jessica currently lives near Oklahoma City with her husband, Greg and daughter, Ryleigh.