There have been many famous cases of employees being found to not have the qualifications or experience they claim and often when this is discovered, the harm has already been done to the business. With the cost of hiring, on-boarding and training new employees not getting cheaper, it’s important that the time and effort that goes into a new hire does not go to waste. So how can you avoid a bad hire for your organisation?
Do your due diligence
An obvious one to start. By conducting background checks on your potential employee, it can put to bed any worries they could cause your business harm. In many cases of negligent hiring, a common factor is foreseeability. Was it foreseeable that the employee would engage in harmful activity? Carrying out thorough due diligence answers this straight away.
Be proportionate to the role
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to screening as not all employees will pose the same level of risk to your business. Make sure you implement an effective process that takes into account the variety of roles you will hire for, and that you have appropriate screening procedures for each.
Use reputable sources
If you partner with a reputable background screening company, then you have nothing to fear. Gathering information to create a background report can be a difficult task, and you want to be sure that all the information it contains comes from reliable and legal, sources.
It may seem like simple advice, but by ensuring you conduct proportionate, thorough, and legal background screening, then the odds of a bad hire are greatly reduced.