Many businesses in Northern California and Oregon will hire additional help this holiday season. From retailers needing additional sales clerks to U.P.S. hiring additional sorters, holiday hiring will soon be in full swing.
Hiring temporary holiday help is also full of risk. It’s a known fact that employees steal from their employers, and many employers in a rush to fill holiday positions relax their hiring standards. In this post, the security experts at Hue & Cry offer you practical tips for hiring this holiday season:
Tip # 1 – Be clear on who you want to hire, and don’t deviate from that standard. Don’t settle for anything less than your ideal candidates based upon their attitudes, skills and moral values.
Tip # 2 – Discuss values in your recruiting materials. Make it clear that your company believes in ethical business practices.
Tip # 3 – Scrutinize applicant resumes for indicators of questionable behaviors. Look for long, unexplained periods between jobs, unusual career transitions and decreasing responsibilities.
Tip # 4 – Select a manageable number of people for interviews. Have them fill out an employment application. Tell them than your company takes honesty quite seriously and that you’ll be checking their answers with previous employers.
Tip # 5 – After reviewing the applications, narrow your selection to your ideal candidates. Administer honesty assessment testing to the candidates you are most interested in. You can find these services by searching the internet.
Tip # 6 – After reviewing the results of honesty assessment testing, bring in your remaining candidates for a detailed interview. Determine if their core values are compatible with yours. Ask if they’ve ever seen someone stealing while at work, and what they did about it. One of our favorite questions to ask is if they’ve ever done anything at work that’s bothered their conscience. Have them elaborate. The more they talk, the more you learn.
Tip # 7 – Now it’s time to hire but, before you do, take one more step. Conduct a background and credit check. For most firms it’s more effective in the long run to hire an outside firm to run these checks, and most firms will do them in a day or two.
Following these seven tips will help you hire more honest employees. After all, holiday time is a time to see more profit so make sure the help you hire is dedicated to that objective.