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What you need to know before hiring a new employee

by John Saunders
21st May 21 11:10 am

If you run a company, you know that, at some point, you’re going to have to hire employees. Very few businesses can be run – and run well – by one person alone. If you’re just starting with your business, you’ll likely be hiring a lot of people at once. However, as time goes by, you’ll also need to expand and hire more help, or hire new employees to replace others who might have left for various reasons. As a business owner, you know how important it is to hire the right people. But that can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. That’s why we’ve put together this list of handy tips about what you need to know before allowing someone new to work for you.

Is it safe to hire them?

Most companies require a criminal background check before they’ll even consider hiring someone. When you allow someone to work for you, they will have access to a lot of your business’s equipment, as well as access to the building. They will also have access to sensitive or confidential information. You need to know that they are trustworthy. If this all sounds a bit complicated to you, don’t worry. Various companies can help you with criminal checks as well as other safeguarding principles to help keep your business protected.

What qualifications do they have?

In some cases, you may be able to hire someone with no professional qualification. In these cases, it’s up to you to decide how important someone’s qualifications are, or whether their experience and personality matter more to you. For example, there has been some debate about whether a university qualification is necessary for a career in finance. However, sometimes, having the proper qualifications is essential. It’s always a good idea to check that someone truly has the qualifications they claim to have.

And what experience?

While some people will consider hiring someone without a lot of qualifications, the same can’t be said for someone without a lot of experience. Experience often counts more than qualifications. If you hire someone with little to no experience in the field they’re working in, you will have to spend time and resources on training them. It’s also important to verify whether this experience is legitimate and whether they were any good at doing a specific job. This is where reference checks come in handy. Click here for a few questions to ask when checking someone’s references.

Will they be a good fit for the business?

If you want your employees to work together as a team, you’re going to need to hire someone who comfortably fits into the workplace dynamic you have going on. If you want your company to be all work, no play, you’re going to need someone with a good work ethic. If you want to have an energetic atmosphere, an extrovert may suit your company better. You want your staff to get along – you don’t want to waste time mediating workplace conflicts every single day.

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