How to Properly Vet Potential Employees

by Oct 31, 2022

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Employees are the lifeblood of any company. How should you vet potential employees to make sure you choose the right ones? They are a huge part of what determines how successful you can be. Because of how critical they are to succeeding as a business, choosing the right employees to work for you is imperative. 

Review Their Resume

One of the first steps in vetting potential employees is reviewing the resumes you receive once you’ve posted a job listing. This is your chance to see if the applicants appear to meet the minimum requirements for the job. Reviewing a resume to vet candidates means more than just looking at their employment history though. Look for relevant keywords that indicate a candidate’s understanding of the responsibilities and expectations for the position. You can look for career progression that indicates a desire to advance and improve themselves.

Ask the Right Questions

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential employees using the submitted resumes, it’s time to move on to the interview process. Prepare for the interview by creating a list of questions to ask the candidates. Don’t write down just any questions though. You need to ask the right questions. Some questions can get you into trouble if you ask them. Questions about the candidate’s family or personal life may seem harmless, but they can end up being discriminatory. Focus on questions that help you learn more about the candidate so you can decide if they’re a good fit for the job.

Verify What You’ve Learned

While the hope is that those you interview will be honest and upfront during the interview, it’s foolish to not take the chance to verify what you’ve been told. There’s no point in asking for references if you aren’t going to contact them. If you have candidates that seem promising after the interview, take time to speak to the references they’ve provided. Verify what the candidate has told you and listen to what they say about the candidate’s performance on the job. This can provide valuable insight into work ethic and personality.

If you want your business to succeed, you can’t settle for just any employee. You need employees that are trainable and trustworthy, employees who will rise to the occasion and help you take your business to the next level. You need employees with the right qualifications who fit your company culture. Carefully vet potential employees so you can make the right hires for your company.

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