Finding the right employee for a critical position can be stressful. There are more than a few avenues you can explore, but you need to know which ones consistently will get you the best results. Stay persistent, and you’ll find who you need soon enough.
Rely on References
Your network is one of the most powerful tools you have. It can be faster than even the internet. It also tends to provide candidates of a consistently higher quality than other sources. Talk to your business associates. That might be current employees. That might be old peers you used to work with. It might even be other local business owners. Whatever the source, don’t be afraid to do some digging. People will be happy to oblige if you’re polite and considerate – after all, someday they might come to you in the same condition.
Use a Background Check
Background checks are highly useful tools for verifying anybody. With the right resources and permissions, you can search public records for notable incidents pertaining to a given individual. That way, you will be able to glimpse their recorded criminal background, driving history, credit score, employment history, and more. That’s exactly why a background check can provide peace of mind when hiring a new employee. If the position in question is of the utmost importance, you’re going to want to consider a good background check before any final decisions are made. While avoidable incidents with untrustworthy hires are rare, you should want to avoid them at all costs.
The internet comes with distinct advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, it doesn’t tend to get the immediate quality of the applicants that a reference would. But on the other hand, your network only has so much reach. It can actually be limiting in some ways. The internet is huge and expansive in contrast. Using the right job listing sites, you can come into contact with hundreds or thousands of qualified candidates. Using both the internet and your network in tandem will produce the best possible results for you and your company.
Sometimes, hiring might be hard because you have to choose between multiple excellent candidates. The far more stressful alternative is when hiring is difficult because you seem to be unable to find anybody – not to mention when you’re scrambling to get it done on short notice. But with the right tools, you’ll be able to find the right person in no time at all.
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