4 Factors You Can’t Ignore While Hiring
“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.”
– Renee West, Luxor and Excalibur Hotel
- The applicant's previous job references.
If you manage to get a reference, whether it’s complimentary or critical of the candidate’s previous work performance, that would help you make a more educated choice, you cannot just ignore the previous manager's opinion about your future employee. However, you should also have in mind that you cannot just fully accept the previous manager’s critique and should be cautious in case they aren’t objective. The previous job references of the candidate will help you form an opinion about the candidate, but shouldn’t be the deciding factor of their fate. It is natural to have some preferences when hiring an employee, but you should make sure to make these decisions realistic and objective, rather than a projection of your subjective opinion.
- The candidate’s privacy rights.
Whenever you are hiring someone, you have to be very delicate concerning the question of privacy. Trying to maintain discretion is your responsibility and also your candidate’s right. You cannot just share any type of information with anyone that could potentially violate the employee’s privacy. It is essential to keep a professional code of conduct while dealing with every candidate in order not to put yourself or the candidate in an inconvenient situation. Asking the candidate personal questions, regarding their race, nationality, marital status, etc. will create an awkward situation and is not suitable for a job interview. Not only that, but compromising your candidate’s privacy rights could bring about some unnecessary legal prosecutions which is the last thing anyone intends or wants to be a part of.
- The rule of law when hiring immigrants..
Employment law can be very confusing when it comes to hiring US citizens and non-US citizens. As an employer, you are allowed to employ anybody that has proper documents to work in the US. It is essential to get familiar with all the legal procedures concerning hiring someone who doesn’t have a legal permit to stay or work in the U.S.
- Don’t mistake higher education and experience for quality..
Being a narrow-minded HR professional or manager will only surround you with people who are perhaps qualified on paper but in fact don’t know how to do their job. You shouldn’t limit yourself in picking candidates that only have a diploma and disregard those who may be prove to have other better traits but not the ideal education. Avoid prejudice or making any decisions based on the interviewee’s resume without taking into consideration their interview and vice versa. The ability to be objective in order to make the right decision is crucial and also a trait that every good manager has developed. Try to be someone who wouldn’t make such mistakes while hiring, so you can quickly gather a quality team of employees.