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The Best Way To Screen Potential Employees

Aug 17, 2007
Screening potential employees is crucial in developing a highly successful team. Without the right people you're headed down the wrong path. It's hard to compete. Having a team that is well trained, enthusiastic, and drug free is the greatest asset a company can have. Below is a list of things you should require in order to properly screen potential employees.

Applications are a good way of establishing your professional credibility as well as they're prior work history. Some companies even analyze the way the application is filled out including neatness and completeness. Applications are a good start. Once several candidates have filled out applications it give you a chance to call the people with the best applications.

Background checks are essential to not hiring the wrong people. This includes a criminal background check and some even run credit checks on potential employees. Credit checks are mostly done by financial institutions when the potential employee will be handling other people's money.

References should be from professional sources, not necessarily family members or close friends. These may be the people who know them best, but can you trust them to be unbiased?

Drugs and the workplace don't mix. Drugs impair a person's ability to think and can hurt the company. It puts the safety of the person on drugs and everyone else at risk. Drug screening is important in the modern day workplace. It is an inexpensive way of streamlining your business.

Resumes give an overall perspective not just of work and education history, but also insight into the personality of the individual.

Interviews are often the most important part of the hiring process. Are they alert? Are they showing motivation? Do they take care of themselves? One technique that is not used very often is to work with the potential employee for an hour or so for minimum wage. Go through some of the tasks to see if the job is a good fit. This is one way of getting feedback in regards to if it's a job they're going to enjoy. The hiring and training process can cost a lot of money. Often people don't know what they'll be doing all day every day.

It is expensive to hire a new recruit and train them so make sure that the screening is done properly. Small business owners know exactly how and what the services are that you want provided by your associates. Using some of these suggestions may help you through that process.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com.
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