Making the "wrong hire" can be a serious, and costly, setback for a company. When you bring someone in you may feel you have a good sense of what kind of employee they will be, but you could be missing things in their background that ultimately results in having to let this person go.
When you consider training, loss of productivity and the time you spend on the hiring process, this could be a significant loss for your business. You want to get it right the first time.
That's why some upfront spending on pre-employment screening can often pay for itself. Especially in the rare case that a "hire-gone-bad" results in some type of legal action.
If you think pre-employment screening could help in your hiring process, there are several things you will want to consider:
- Who can provide a comprehensive pre-employment screening process (background checks, drug and skills testing, etc.) at a price you can afford?
- Are you doing enough screening already? Some companies do a simple county and state criminal check, but there is much more to someone's background than criminal activity.
- You will want the pre-employment screener to explain what kinds of information you will need to collect from a prospective employee.
Making the right hire is important. As a small business owner, you're likely taking on all kinds of extra responsibilities and if you have the chance to hire, you don't want it to end up being a waste of your valuable time or money. Pre-employment screening may be well worth the investment.