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7 Things to Consider Before Hiring Someone New 

When it comes to hiring someone new, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. Of course, you want to know that they have the skills and experience necessary to perform the job’s duties. Beyond that, there are a number of other factors you should take note of as well.  

1. How Passionate Are They? 

One of the more important things you should gauge before hiring someone new is how passionate they are about the industry and position they are applying for. When you discover someone is truly passionate about what they do, they will usually be more productive and engaged than a candidate who is just looking for a job. You can get a feel for their interest by seeing if they researched your organization before interviewing with you. They will also be able to demonstrate their skills and passion when discussing previous work they’ve done. 

2. Who They Are Connected To

You may be able to find good candidates by tapping into your existing contacts. For instance, many businesses have implemented referral programs that allow their current staff to refer new employees. These candidates can be great because your employees know exactly what you are looking for in a new hire. It can also be beneficial to tap into your professional contacts as well. See if any of your colleagues have someone they might suggest for the position you’re looking to fill. 

3. Will They Fit Into the Company Culture?  

Before making any new hire, you need to give some serious thought to whether or not they will fit into the culture at your company. Having someone come in that doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the team can hurt productivity and morale. A great way to do this is by bringing on temp-to-hire workers. This gives you a chance to get a feel for their work ethic and how they engage with your current staff. 

4. Take a Look at Their Social Media  

Social media is a huge part of many people’s lives these days, both personally and professionally. First, take a look at their LinkedIn and get a feel for their professional personality and work history. After you look there, check their Facebook and Twitter for inappropriate posts that may reflect poorly on your organization.  

5. Address Red Flags on Their Resume  

If there are any red flags on their resume, address them as soon as possible. For example, if they have an extended gap in their work history, ask about it. They may have a reasonable answer as to why they were not working at that time. Similarly, if they have job hopped a lot, you can address that as well. Asking these questions will give you a good feel for whether they will be a reliable new hire or not.  

6. Think About the Questions You Ask  

Speaking of the questions you ask, you need to put a lot of thought into preparing for the interview. Focus on questions that will give you a true picture of what the candidate will bring to your organization. Are they able to describe their past experience, and have they researched your organization? Allow them to respond to each of your inquiries and gauge whether or not they’ll be a good new hire based on what they have to say.  

7. Don’t Limit Yourself  

Last, but not least, don’t limit yourself by bringing biases into the hiring process. When you research the candidate, ignore factors like gender, race, age, disability, and other factors out of their control. You may miss out on the perfect candidate for your company by not considering these individuals.  

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