Hiring a new employee is always a challenge for a business owner. There are so many different things you have to look out for. If you miss even one small thing, it could become a major problem for your entire company. It could lead to legal issues and cost you money that should be used within your company. To make it a little easier for you, it is important that you know all the key employee screening trends that will help you make good choices for your business.
Recent Trends in Employment Screening
Recent years have proven that screening employees can be done more efficiently. Most of this is because of the internet and the technology that is associated with it. This keeps everything of importance in the system somewhere.
It makes it easier to tackle prescreening where you will want to take care of examining the applications, resumes, and maybe a telephone interview. If everything here seems good, you may then move on to in-person interviews, where you will discover their thoughts on a variety of different possible work tasks.
If warranted, you may also have video interviews, pre-employment testing, and assessments to determine whether they are truly qualified for the position you have available. Each of these screening steps can make it easier for you to determine whether the employee is a good fit for your company.
When an applicant makes it through all of these steps, you can move on to further screen them. This can be done by:
- Verifying Credit History
- Checking Their Background
- Education Credentials
- Previous Performances
- And Past Legal Issues that May Impact Your Company
When it comes to hiring people to work for you, you cannot be too careful. If you hire someone, you are putting your faith and trust in their ability to do the job that you hired them for. A wrong choice could be devastating for your company. Not many employers want to make a bad choice.
However, this year, employers are taking it one step further and putting more of the world’s technology to good use. It is a trend that is expected to continue throughout the coming years.
Newest and Best Employee Screening Trends
This year, people are delving deeper into keeping up with their employees. It is a great thing for companies that want to make sure they have enough dependable employees to handle the workload. These newest and most used screening tools are listed below.
Social Media Screening
At one time social media was not something we considered when hiring an employee. Now, most employers turn to social media to give them a glimpse of what their employee is like. It is 100% legal and does not violate the Personal Data Protection Act if the information that you see is public knowledge and not discriminatory. It is a somewhat fine line that you must walk. You cannot deny employment based on age, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. You can avoid hiring someone based on racist comments, photographs of illegal drug use, and public derogatory posts about previous employers or coworkers. You can deny employment if you feel that their public personality could negatively impact your workplace.
Employers are also stepping up their game when it comes to checking out not only potential employees but current employees. In the past, employers only checked what their employees were doing when they hired them. Now that the technology is available, companies can use it to make sure that their employees are staying true, even after years of employment history. It enables company managers to re-evaluate what they know about their employees. It has also allowed employers to discover areas where employees may have been dishonest during the application and hiring process.
Hiring Regardless of Criminal History
Today, there are many more jobs available than there are good employees to fill them. At least, this was the thought that some once had. Now, though employers are looking far and wide, even into previously ignored areas. This includes looking at people who may have previously been convicted of a crime if they act properly in the workplace now. They are often monitored closely, but it is good for both the company and the employee. Company owners will be able to monitor the employee. The employee will benefit from it by getting a second chance. It is made possible thanks to the increased use of AI and the fact that companies need more people.
Take Advantage of New Employee Screening Options
The growth of your business depends on having people that you trust within the company working for you. The best way that you can do this is to feel confident that you have done well in hiring them. Done great in believing that they have your company’s best interest in mind.
We know that you have a lot to do when you own a business. Talent Capital Consulting is here for you. We can help you with employee screening for new employees and beyond. This will allow you to focus all your attention on other, more important things.