Hiring a new employee is challenging, but hiring the wrong employee is costly. Once the job description is written and expectations are set, it’s up to you to find the right person for the job. There are five simple steps you can take to ensure you hire the right person who will not only contribute to the productivity of your business, but will work safe and be injury-free.
Follow these tips from Missouri Employers Mutual during the hiring process to minimize the risk of hiring a costly claim.
- Conduct an in-depth interview. Ask the candidate open-ended questions to see what they would do in certain situations. Examples include:
- Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a supervisor or co-worker. How did you handle the situation?
- What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your career?
- Do a thorough background check. Include job-related injuries, substance abuse and any safety records as part of this check. Check out Screen Assist, a customized, discounted background screening program.
- Verify prior employment and contact references. Get the employers’ thoughts and pay close attention to gaps in employment history.
- Administer a skill and personality test. These tests evaluate competency and personality characteristics associated with work ethic and are one of the best ways to assess the fit between a job and a candidate.
- Make a conditional job offer and require drug screening. This offer should be contingent upon the employee’s ability to perform the essential job functions. Post Offer Employment Testing can help.
Making sure that new hires receive the right training is key. Without proper training a new hire may pose a safety risk to your business. How do we know? The numbers speak for themselves.
This checklist is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice. No actions should be in conflict with state and federal laws.