Hiring is hard! You can only tell so much about a person from a resume. Face-to-face interviews usually provide deeper insight, but you still may not truly know someone after a brief round of questions and answers. The bottom line is that an employer can never be sure they’re hiring a person with integrity and strong character. That said, there are some tools that will help you figure that out.
Perform a Background Check
There’s nothing wrong with utilizing background check services for employers, in fact you absolutely should use one for every prospective hire. You deserve to know if a person has a criminal history. If they have a violent crime record, you need to protect your employees and customers. If they have a history of theft or fraud, you don’t want them handling money. This is not an intrusion, it’s necessary information.
Call Their References
A good resume should always include 3-4 references, preferably business-related. If someone does not include any references, this should be a major red flag. Even teenagers applying for first jobs should be able to get a teacher or coach to write them a recommendation. Having the reference is the baseline first step. A hiring manager should always call to verify that the information they’ve been given and ask open ended questions, like “Can you describe a situation where this person was under high pressure and how they handled it?”
Check Out Their Social Media Accounts
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