It seems the entire world is still reeling in shock after Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final. For Brazil, it was a defeat that transcended the loss of a simple soccer game. As a nation nearly synonymous with the sport, Brazil didn’t just want the win — they expected it.
If there’s one thing we can take away from the loss, it’s that even what seems like a foregone conclusion is never a guarantee. And the same can be applied to hiring. If you’ve been in the hiring game long enough, you may have experienced a similar kind of shock and disappointment when a candidate you thought would be a sure-fire star turned out to be a flopping disappointment. They may have interviewed flawlessly, positioning themselves as your company’s saving grace, only to underperform when it was finally game time.
As Brazil’s fans can certainly attest to, this kind of unexpected letdown is painful. The difference between you and them, however, is that you have the option of preventative measures at your fingertips. Below, we’ve put together a list of three precautions you should always take before allowing yourself to become invested in your dream employee.
Ask the right interview questions
To find out if a candidate is really worth the hype, you have to ask the right questions–questions that probe deep into their core skills and attributes. It’s easy to sail through general questions like, “Can you tell me about a time when you succeeded?”, so make sure you’ve selected questions that are job-specific and tell you what you really need to know.
Perform background checks
Performing background checks on your candidates before your hire them can save you from defeat after you bring them on. Look for an HR technology partner that offers a tools like criminal background checks and drug screening, which will help you feel confident in who you’re hiring.
Think about culture fit
Your new hire might possess all of the required skills on the job description, but if they don’t work well in your company’s environment, they aren’t going to perform well. Take a look at your most successful employees and decipher the traits that help them work in and contribute to your company culture. Then, ask yourself if you can see this candidate flourishing in the same way.
For more tips on finding the perfect candidate, check out our guide on conducting phone interviews.