Seek Quality, Show Equality: A Guide To Hiring Employees For Your Business

Every successful business needs a strong workforce. Your employees are what make your business run, these are the people that tackle the daily jobs in your business to keep things pushing forward and profits earned. So getting the best people for the job is essential but how do you go about this? And how do you do so in a fair way, according to the law? Here are some points to consider.


Advertise Correctly

The first step of the recruitment process is advertising, and this is something you’ll want to get right from the get- go. You will of course want to make your vacancy sound interesting in order to attract the best candidates, however you don’t want to dress up the job to sound like something it’s not. If you do this you may well secure a great employee, but chances are they will leave shortly after when the role doesn’t live up to expectations. Be honest with the description and don’t sensationalise it. Advertise on the most popular job sites to improve your chances of it being seen.


Adhere To Equality Laws

As an employer you of course want to be fair to all candidates, which means not ruling out anyone because of their gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability amongst others. Speaking of disability your premises should be accessible to those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. If you’re not sure, you can hire access consultants to come out and let you know what you need to be doing to be in line with the law. You must be willing to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees, and of course not rule out applicants solely because they have a disability. When it comes to pay, both genders have a right to equal pay so make sure you are following the law here too.


Interview Rigorously

The interview process is a chance to really get to know potential employees. This is an opportunity to make sure they’re a good fit for your business. Ask about their experience in similar roles, transferrable skills and examples of proven success. If you need to, don’t be afraid to conduct second or third interviews. You need to know that the person you’re hiring is right for the position and will genuinely work hard for the success of your business. Follow up on references to verify what you have been told too, past employers will be able to give you a good understanding of what kind of worker they are.


Conduct Background Checks

Finally, as an employer it’s up to you to ensure that you are hiring legally. This means making sure the employee is old enough and has a right to work in the country you live in. If you overlook this you could land yourself in serious trouble. If you work with vulnerable people, work with high value items or other special types of work, an enhanced criminal record disclosure should be taken too. Make sure you’re absolutely sure the person you’re hiring is who they say they are.

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