Hiring new employees for small businesses can be a delicate balancing act. Every new employee adds to the overall company culture and driving the firm’s success. However, smaller firms have to work harder for brand recognition than larger ones, and a bad hire can have a significant impact on reputational damage.
Pre-employment screening is an essential measure that small businesses should consider to ensure they are hiring the right candidate. Despite being perceived as a minefield, there are several things businesses need to keep in mind to execute a successful pre-employment screening process.
First, businesses need to decide whether to conduct analog or automated screening. While manual screening can be suitable for very small businesses that rarely make new hires, it is time-consuming and inconsistent. On the other hand, automated screening is faster, more accurate, and eliminates the risk of human bias intervening.
Secondly, businesses must consider their legal obligations, depending on their industry and role, to conduct specific checks such as criminal records, credit records, or government watch lists. It is essential to conduct a comprehensive screening process that goes beyond the bare minimum.
Globally, most candidates who failed background checks did so because they had unexplained gaps in their resumes or employment histories or academic achievement discrepancies. It is crucial to ensure that prospective candidates’ qualifications and employment history match their resumes to avoid hiring under-qualified employees.
Social media screening can provide useful insights into candidates’ suitability for a role. It is legal to look at a candidate’s social media profile, but care must be taken not to judge someone on protected characteristics to avoid discrimination.
Finally, businesses must keep candidates informed throughout the pre-employment screening process. Staying engaged and up-to-date with the process will send a positive message about the company culture and the way employees are treated before coming on board. Rescreening is also crucial to ensure that employees remain a good fit for the company, and any changes are detected and addressed promptly.
Overall, putting comprehensive pre-employment screening in place may seem like a burden for a small business looking to focus on growth. However, it is crucial to building a trustworthy and reliable team without whom the company cannot flourish. Great employees are key to building strong companies, and pre-employment screening is an essential measure to ensure businesses find the right ones.