When you think about your future employees, or about your own goal as an employee, what are the first words that come to mind? Reliability is probably at the top of the list, along with honesty and a solid work ethic. But how can you make sure an open job position and a potential new employee are a good fit? Use these tips when you’re hiring new employees.

I’m hiring! How can I be sure to hire the right employee?

First off, hiring good employees should be more than posting a “help wanted” sign in the window and hiring the first person that inquires. Sometimes that first person can be a great one – but it’s still important to do a bit of ground work prior to extending that employment offer, no matter how tempting it may be.  Ask about these skills during the interview, regardless of job position:

  • Communication
  • Customer Focus
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Trustworthiness

My applicant seems great and they nailed the interview! Should I hire this job candidate?

Hold on! Take the extra half hour to check their references and inquire about your job candidate’s skills, work ethic, and work history. Remember to only ask job-related questions when chatting with references and it’s a best practice to take some written notes on your discussion.

Hiring the right people is easy if you put in a little bit of extra time to ensure they are the right fit. Nothing is worse than hiring an individual, training them, and having them leave within a month or two – or being a repetitive no call, no show.  Sure, there is a time investment involved to hire a new GREAT employee, but the reward far outweighs a quick hire and a new not-so-great employee. And reliability, honesty and a solid work ethic are always a great place to start.

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Additional Tips for Hiring New Employees

  • A proper and fair employee background check is an effective way to discover potential issues that could hurt your business. For more information on the important legal considerations and helpful resources for background checks, don’t miss this free whitepaper, “Protect Your Business with Employee Background Checks.”
  • A motor vehicle record (MVR) is a historical driving record that can be used to determine business risk associated with current and potential drivers. The better the driving record of the employee, the better your chances are of getting affordable auto coverage for your business. Learn more in this blog, “Checking Motor Vehicle Records on Delivery Employees.”