12 Things You Must Do When Hiring a New Employee

If you’re hiring a new employee, you may or may not already know what to do. You could just have interviews and then give the job to the person who seems like the best candidate, but if you want to do it properly it’s a lot more complicated than that. Here are 12 things you must do when hiring a new employee:

  1. Make Sure They’re Qualified for the Job

First off, make sure they’re qualified for the job. People will try their luck applying for jobs they like the sound of, even if they’re not qualified. Double check their credentials and make sure you’re only interviewing the best of the bunch. Make a shortlist of the best people you’d like to interview.

  1. Check Out Their Social Media Profiles

This is a little sneaky, but most employers do it these days to get an idea of what a potential employee is like. You want to make sure they’re a respectable person who doesn’t post inappropriate things online. You also want to get an idea of what they’re interested in to see if they’re a good fit for your company.

  1. Invite Them for an Interview

You can’t hire an employee over the phone or site unseen, so you need to invite them for an interview. You could call them first and give them a phone interview to see if they’re suitable enough to be invited to the next stage. It’s your choice how you do the interviews to get the best out of the candidates. Some like to have group interviews, while others prefer to do individual. It’s your choice.

  1. Give Them a Test

You can choose to do this during the interview or invite them back afterwards for a test. This should be something to do with your business, to get an idea of what they’d be like working in the available role. For instance, if they’re applying to be a receptionist, you could give them an email related test to see how they measure up. It’s much better to see how somebody would cope in a role before employing them properly, as some people come across well in interviews but fail to meet the required criteria in a job.

  1. Do Background and Security Checks

Background and security checks are essential for the safety of your business. This will help you to ensure that the person you’re employing is not a danger to other employees and is who they say they are. No matter how much you think you know somebody or how they come across during the interview, always double check. It’s better to be safe than sorry. There are really simple ways you can do this. Say your potential employee is from Brooklyn; you can easily do background checks and find the cell phone number of a Brooklyn person online. Just type in the number and you can find information instantly!

  1. Speak to References

Usually, candidates will give you references ready for you to check. A lot of the time, employees don’t bother checking these. If you care about your business at all, then you should! Speak to references to double check your potential employees credentials and make sure they’re a good worker. Hopefully, references won’t be able to speak highly enough of them. Remember to be vigilant at this stage; some candidates give fake references.

  1. Make Sure You’re Properly Insured

If this is your first employee, you need to make sure you’re properly insured to protect them. Things change when you get an employee, and you’ll suddenly have lots more responsibility. Insurance will protect your employee from anything that could go wrong.


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  1. Train Them in Health and Safety

Now you’ve got your chosen employee, you need to train them in healthy and safety. Assuming they already know is not an option. Each business and building is different, so health and safety training should be carried out for each environment. You’ll need to identify hazards with them, and teach them what they should do in the event of an emergency.

  1. Give Them a Contract of Employment

All employees must have a contract of employment. Even employees who are only going to be with you for a month will need a written contract outlining what you expect from them. They must get this within 2 months of working for you.

  1. Make What You Expect of Them Clear

Make sure your employee knows what you expect from this. You’ll outline this in their contract, but ensure you reiterate it in person too. If they need training, make sure they get it properly. After that, they should be able to manage themselves effectively.

  1. Give Them Reviews So They Know How They’re Doing

Every so often, you’ll want to give your new employee reviews so they know how they’re doing. Tell them what they’re doing well, and what you think they could improve on. This will help them to progress and know where they’re at in the company. All employees should have these, no matter how long they’ve been with you. Even if it’s just once or twice a year, give reviews! Show your employees you appreciate them too, and they’ll work even harder.

  1. Create an Employee Handbook

This is optional, but it’ll definitely help your business to function more smoothly. Create an employee handbook filled with rules, requirements, and information that could help them. Make sure you include everything relevant, such as what to do in an emergency, and what will happen to them if they do something wrong. Handbooks are usually very long, but you should encourage your employees to read them all the way through so they know how to behave.

If you use this advice, you’ll end up with the best employees for the job. They’ll also know exactly what they should be doing in their role, so your business will run much smoother. Is there anything you’d add to this list? Leave a comment!

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