6 Last Steps Before Hiring

3 Apr


I heard an interesting story the other day. My friend, Chuck, has a friend Joe (or is Chuck the culprit? I’ll never tell…). Joe set up a fake voice mail and phone number so that he could fool employers (or creditors?) into thinking that “yes, Joe in fact worked for me and did a fabulous job”.

The reason I’m sharing this is that there continues to be a lot of falsification on resumes in order to get a job. StastisticBrain.com cited the following numbers in July, 2012:

  • 53% of resumes contain falsifications
  • A staggering 70% of college students would lie in order to get a job!

So assume that 3 out of 4 people are lying to you when they are interviewing for a job inside your company.

What do you do about it?

  1. Dig deeper when making a hire. They want to put food on the table so I forgive a little bit of this, but you need someone who has integrity and values that won’t misrepresent your organization.
  2. Do criminal background checks. For the record, I think we should hire felons. However, I don’t want my daycare hiring certain felons.
  3. Reference check, reference check, and reference check. Too many employers aren’t bothering to take this step out of sheer laziness. I usually check four references and that doesn’t include their co-workers or pastor.
  4. Consider hiring a third party to do a resume verification. They will not only confirm employers and dates, but dig into education and more.
  5. Reconsider drug testing. If you can’t figure out they are doing serious drugs based on their interview, background, and reference checks, they aren’t going to be stupid enough to fail your drug test. http://www.wikihow.com/Pass-a-Drug-Test
  6. Financial background checks? We are digging way too deep America. Spend your time and money on 1, 2, 3, & 4 above.

Make it a great day~ Drew Schmitz



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