Improve Your Hiring Process to Cut Costs

Jim Sirbasku
June 16, 2009 — 2,680 views  
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Did you know that an estimated two-thirds of employee hiring decisions may be mistakes? This article will provide you with information that can help you improve your hiring process so that you can cut costs and maximize productivity in your organization. Whether you're an owner, an executive or a manager, the following information will be beneficial to you.

Make the most of your existing hiring process and find the right talent. Improve your existing hiring process with pre-hire assessments.

From your experience you know you have hired some excellent employees and some who failed. Now take a moment and think back. Did you use the same employee screening method to hire both? Typically we find that employers do employ the same methods for each position. This suggests that your existing employee selection process may produce inconsistent hiring results.

Pre-hire assessments provide the easiest and most effective way to eliminate uncertainties in the hiring process. Pre-hire assessments are invaluable tools for increasing consistency and improving the success of your existing hiring process. Organizations who utilize poor hiring practices in their hiring process continually lose money due to increased turnover, decreased productivity, and in extreme cases, negligent hiring lawsuits. These hiring decisions become costly mistakes because they are made with inadequate information about the candidate.

Take a moment and ask yourself these quick questions: - Would you like to know in advance if a candidate has issues with substance abuse or employee theft? - Would you like the ability to predict whether or not they have the work ethic and reliability required to be successful in their position? - Would you like to know if the candidate is going to be a good fit for the job and your company? - Would you like to hire more top performers?

If your answer is yes to any one of these questions, pre-hire assessments can help.

Pre-hire assessments are a natural extension to your existing hiring process. They can be seamlessly integrated into most applicant tracking systems. And, with pre-hire assessments, you will be able to identify and hire candidates who are reliable, ethical and hardworking by checking criminal records, education credentials and other background information. Knowing this information about candidates before they are hired is absolutely essential, because businesses large and small can be held liable for accidents and crimes committed by its employees.

To protect your company and minimize risk, you can use a pre-hire survey to ensure you minimize the risk of making a bad hire.

A pre-hire survey is a scientifically designed assessment tool that evaluates job applicants' attitudes for integrity, substance abuse, reliability, and work ethic. This can empower you with a structured system to objectively obtain better information, identify the best candidates, and conduct better interviews.

Pre-hire surveys address the 21st century challenges that are increasingly eroding companies' productivity and profitability: - Unauthorized use of the Internet - Using company email for personal use - Disclosing private and restricted computer data - Theft of office supplies and other company property - Clocking in or out for other employees - Revealing confidential information and/or trade secrets to outsiders - Shoplifing, also know as inventory shrinkage - Carelessness - Unexcused absences - Tardiness - Drug use - Sub-par job performance - Fraud - Job-hopping

They are also fast and easy to use and promote positive behaviors in your company including: - An honest day's work for a full day's pay - Promptness - Conscientious use of company time and resources - Confidentiality of proprietary data and other information - Dependability - Employee loyalty - Increased productivity

Pre-hire employment assessments will also help your organization develop a strategic hiring process that will minimize the costs associated with hiring and recruiting employees.

About the Author

Jim Sirbasku is co-founder and CEO of Profiles International, a leading provider of human resource management solutions and employment assessments for businesses worldwide. For more information about using pre-hire assessments to improve your hiring process, visit our website.

Jim Sirbasku