It is easy for an applicant to perform well for an hour interview, but what would previous co-workers say about that same candidate?
If a worker has played fast and loose with company finances, they would not be singing that song in the interview process! How can you determine a future employee’s style of interacting with your team and your clients – chances are they are not going into full disclosure about the chaos left at their previous workplace.
The importance of reference checking has never been more important than now, with remote hiring processes in effect and employees ‘working’ from home. A person can sound like a strong hire in the interview, but the lack of ability to monitor can provide a chance for the eager beaver to morph into the hibernating bear his past co-workers know him to be.
As an employer, you need to be able to trust a worker with your sensitive and confidential data and that they are fully engaged in the tasks at hand. As Dr. Phil is known to say, “The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour.” This underlines the importance of checking references to determine the validity of the claims and gives you confidence in what you might expect moving forward.
Remote work opportunities give freedom to work past 9 to 5 while still saving the commute time for the conscientious worker. However, the lack of monitoring provided by co-workers and managers can provide opportunities for less participation for those so inclined. The disparity between what is proclaimed and the actual work time has led to comments such as the colorful Elon Musk’s statement, "They should pretend to work somewhere else."
When you hire, your new employee is carrying your brand on their shoulders. The risk of mis-hires, especially when hiring remotely, can be a weighty decision; therefore, it is well worth the time and money to follow up on their employment history and performance. It is a critical decision about who you hire and a tremendous responsibility, complicated even more by massive job turnovers while trying to grow your brand.
Pre-hiring due diligence can be expedited more efficiently with a pre-screening service like Inline Reference Check. Our services save the HR department up to six hours and the frustration of tracking down the references while buying a new confidence level based on a pre-screening report of the candidate’s professionalism and past performance.
We would love to take the pre-screening load off your shoulders and give you more time to manage and motivate the rest of your remote team. We know your challenges and concerns, and we have templates or can create a pre-screening plan to assist you in making your best hiring decisions. Let better screening reveal the previous employment history, your candidates’ strengths, and areas of improvement to enable a smoother onboarding into your environment!
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