There is always some element of uncertainty when interacting with someone you don’t know. While the chances of a serious problem may be low, it’s common sense for businesses to look for ways to further minimise risks associated with hiring new employees. Outfitting your building’s interior and exterior with cameras is a good way to keep the premises secure up front, but that’s not the only thing you can do. These simple tips can help cut down on potential risk and ensure only quality candidates make it through the application process and behind your doors.
After wading through a stack of CVs to cut your selection down to a handful of candidates, the next step is to confirm their identity and background. Many companies rely on a professional background service provider to conduct investigations into potential recruits. A reputable background check company can find accurate information in a timely manner, which cuts down on the hefty administrative burden that accompanies any hiring process. Advanced background checks, including credit examinations, may be warranted for positions that require handling of sensitive information or valuable assets.
Many people tack a few names to the bottom of their resume for good measure, and in many cases, they serve no other purpose than decoration. However, references are there for a reason and hiring managers should contact at least a few people on the list to learn more about the applicant. Contacting references allows you to confirm some of the candidate’s work history claims, as well as discuss their suitability for a professional setting. You can prepare interviewees for this process by including it in the job description as part of the hiring process, so they know you are serious about making an informed decision.
Protect company information and property
Even if you have a good feeling about a candidate after a lively interview, you should always think twice before sharing crucial company information. Giving prospective employees unfettered access to the company’s digital resources can have serious consequences. Consider asking applicants to sign a non-disclosure agreement as necessary to protect yourself from information theft. Computer access should also be restricted on an as-needed basis to prevent damage to the network due to mistakes or malicious intent.
Hiring a new employee is simple, but hiring the right employee takes time, consideration, and caution. Keeping your hiring process secure is just one of the many things you need to do to protect your company from potential risk and loss. Even if you are desperate to fill a crucial position on your team, don’t rush yourself to make a hiring decision that could impact the future of the entire organisation.
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