Hiring Problems: Don’t Pop “The Question” Just Yet

By Adam Robinson,
February 14, 2013

Making the decision to pop the question can be terrifying – your entire world will change in an instant, for better or for worse. It’s a lot to put on the line, and if it fails, it’s like flushing money down the drain.

Before you hand over that offer letter, make sure you’re not rushing into things. Just because you need to bring a new employee onto the team doesn’t mean you should hire the first person that applies. Rather than running off to Vegas (unless you’re going to the IFA conference), wait it out and make sure everything is just as you dreamed.

Here’s what to do before you pop the question:

1. Verify

People lie. Whether to themselves or to others, it’s just something that people do. Even though you sometimes feel like giving others the benefit of the doubt – it’s not worth it, not when hiring at least.

Conducting background checks and other pre-employment verification services will ensure the candidate you want to hire is who they say they are. You don’t want them walking into the office their first day acting completely different than the person you hired.

Plus, verification services are budget-friendly. Of course you’ll be spending some money up front, but we sure think it beats handling a theft situation later on with an employee who has a history of arrests.

2. Triple Check

Their resume says they have experience in X, Y and Z, but do they really? Administering skills tests are a great way to ensure your candidates have the skills and knowledge they say they do.

Just like verification services, pre-employment skills tests are budget-friendly and can tell you more about the candidate than any interview or reference check will.

You’d rather be safe than sorry, right?

3. Make sure they fit in

It can be nerve-wracking introducing a significant other to the family for the first time. Not only is there that fear your family won’t like them, but depending on how they act, you may not like them afterwards either.

The same goes for bringing new employees onto the team. We’re not saying you have to introduce them to every single employee, but asking behavioral-based interview questions will give you insight on whether that candidate would be a good culture fit.

So, before you even think about popping the question, make sure the candidate you are hiring is someone you want working for your company for years to come.  

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About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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