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Screening your Employees

February 09, 2018 Veronica Chimney

Hiring the right people for the right position takes huge resources, if not done properly; it could cost the company more.

There are several tools and resources used that will provide an Employer with adequate information about an applicant.

5 important tools used for screening

Application forms – An application allows you to obtain basic information your applicants. If you use a customized template where the applicants fill in their details, then you can pick out other things like completeness. The application clarifies the applicant’s position of interest; provide insight into experience and skill set.

Resume- A resume should tell a brief history of the applicant. In addition, a resume will also provide a glance at the applicant’s attention to detail, skill sets, current and past experiences.

Reference checks – Typically, an applicant will provide a three-five references. It is important to check the references before short-listing the candidates. In addition, you may learn information about the candidate that was not included on the application or resume.

Past employment –This can be found on the application and also in the resume. The past experience can show how long an individual has worked for each company. Most employers are looking for applicants that are loyal and can show a work history of commitment.

Criminal record check –Policies per company may vary depending on the role for which the applicant has applied. Employers may want to know the criminal record and nature of the criminal activity.

Three brief reasons why Employers should screen applicants

  1. Saves resources

    It is expensive to hire and train a new employee every so often. The upfront costs might be high as you carry out the onboarding exercise, however; in the end it will be worth it. The other resource to put into consideration is the human capital and time it takes to hire and train.

  2. Protects your business

    There are several scenarios that can negatively impact an organization simply by hiring the wrong applicant. For instance, you may have heard of unending embezzlement cases between former employees and companies. Such a case exposes your company in the wrong way to you consumers and affects your reputation. Thorough screening can protect your business from such unpleasant scenarios and being exposed. Following a proper screening process will protect your business.

  3. Reduces employee turnover

    A major problem that can set your company back is a high employee turnover. Thoroughly screening applicants will reduce employee turnover. You can then empower and develop the right people who will grow the company.

In conclusion, not all positions within the company are the same, therefore screening criteria should vary to match the requirements of the job. The screening process will assist an on boarding process that helps employers find a sustainable workforce.