8 tips to help you avoid hiring mistakes

Job openings are up and people are quitting so they can move into better opportunities. That means, of course, that a lot of businesses are in hiring mode.

With that in mind, here are some tips to help you avoid resume fraud and what could turn out to be bad hiring mistakes: 

1. Keep detailed records. Document the hiring process and specify the steps you take to investigate each candidate. If you can’t reach a reference, or certain proof that you need, having a detailed record of the steps you took can be useful if trouble arises.  

2. Do an Internet search. You may find revealing personality traits or other information that points to inconsistencies or false statements, which could be cause for alarm.  

3. Confirm degrees before scheduling interviews. This way, you’re not wasting time on unqualified candidates.  

4. Make sure companies listed for a reference are legitimate (a common trick is to use a friend or fake company number). Use the Internet to verify the company’s main number and call your reference contact through it.  

5. Don’t forget to verify professional licenses and memberships.  

6. Complete your background check and pre-employment screening processes before extending an offer, so you’re not in the position of being in a legal relationship with a candidate before you collect all the facts.  

7. Consider retaining the professional services of a background screening company to manage your pre-employment investigations.

8. Consider using a temporary staffing firm to help you identify the best candidates and test them out before bringing them aboard permanently. 

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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