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How to Check People When They Apply For Your Jobs

If you have poor performing or negative staff within your business then you can count on the fact that it will most certainly be damaging the company. The level of damage can range from having to offer a refund, to customers leaving a negative review on Google or even having customers think that you are some kind of scam, all of which can damage your overall reputation, especially with organizations like the BBB which measures market trust. The key to getting the right members of staff begin at the recruitment stage, where you must ensure that not only do the candidates have the right experience, skills or qualifications but also that they are the right fit for the company. The key is to rigorously check people prior to hiring them, and here is how to go about it.

Outsourcing the Job

 If you are willing to invest in it, then there are many companies out there who specialize in vetting people. The process is lengthy and involves looking into their online activities, their criminal history, as well as investigating deeper into their job success in the past. Naturally, this makes little sense if you are simply looking for a sales clerk, but if you are looking for a higher profile position in your company, it makes a lot of sense for you to really know what kind of candidate you have before you. This will ensure that no stone is left unturned when trying to ensure whether or not someone is right for you and your business.

Google Search

If you aren’t going to invest in a company then you will be looking to check out the information on your own, and the best place to start is with a simple Google search of the person’s name. You’d be surprised at what you can find out about someone when you search on Google, so make sure that this is your first step.

Social Media

Next up you should have a look on social media for the person who has applied for your position. Someone’s social media activities can really speak volumes about who they are and with a quick and simple search, you can learn a whole lot more about the person that has applied for your vacancy.

Ex-Employers

Many companies fail to contact old employers to discuss the candidate, or if they do it is solely to make sure that they did actually work there. A far better idea is to call the ex-employer and, if they are willing, find out a little more about your candidate’s conduct in their old position. You should be asking how they were in their job, any issues which may have happened and most importantly, why they ended up leaving their position. Knowledge is power and getting it from an ex-employer is going to give you a much clearer picture of the candidate in front of you.


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