Key things to look for in your next hire (tip: you might need to check free arrest records)

There are all sorts of statistics out there which highlight exactly how much it costs a company to hire a new employee. Contrary to popular belief, it’s a lot more than their salary. Once all of the other costs are added, the total figure is significant to say the least.

This is one of the reasons why it is crucially important to ensure that each and every hire is a successful one. If it turns out that this isn’t the case, it can cause all sorts of issues later down the line – all of which are pretty costly.

Bearing this in mind, we have put together the following guide which will look at some of the main issues you should look for as you go through the hiring process.

A background check on the person

We mentioned this in the title and in truth, it’s for very good reason. It’s now so easy to check free arrest records that there really isn’t any excuse for not bothering to do so.

Of course, it’s not just arrest records that you should be looking into. Looking into a person’s criminal record is obviously advisable; perhaps even more so than the information about their arrest history.

It should be pointed out that not all arrests are going to prompt you not to hire a particular person. However, it goes without saying that if you spot a serious offence or accusation on a person’s record, it might make you think twice about bringing them into the company.

Gaps in employment history

This is another one of those pieces of information where you might need to check other resources. If a person has gaps in their employment history it might be for very good reason. They may have decided they wanted a break from the world of work, or it may have been out of their hands due to redundancy. Regardless, finding out the reasons behind this can be revealing and can show you information about the candidate that you might not have found through the standard interview questions.

Sometimes, the person’s CV will reveal the gaps in question. On other occasions, you might have to dig a little deeper, and turn to background checks again.

Finding out what they thought was unfair in their previous position

This last point really can show you what makes a person tick. The question doesn’t necessarily relate to the person’s professional attributes, but more their personality. As we all know, this is arguably worth more than their ability when it comes to the crunch. After all, the very worst thing you can have is someone who complains at each and every decision in the company and ultimately, brings down morale.

This question really gets to the bottom of who they are. Even if they did have qualms in their last position, if they are political in their answer you can still gauge the personality of the individual accordingly.

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