5 Important Checks When Recruiting Staff

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Before hiring an employee, it’s worth carrying out a few pre employment checks. Such checks can help to provide evidence that a candidate is right for the role and that they’re not hiding any information from you. Below are 5 of the most important checks to consider when recruiting staff. 

Proof of citizenship/visa

It’s important that a candidate has legal documentation to prove that they can work in your country. If a candidate doesn’t have citizenship or a working visa and they are caught working for your company, the two of you could get into a lot of trouble. Ask all applicants to bring a passport/ visa documentation to the interview so that you can check it. You can also check a job applicant’s right to work online.

A criminal background check

You should check whether employees have a criminal background before hiring them. You can do this by applying for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. If a candidate has a criminal record, it is up to whether you hire them. Certain offences may be forgivable. Others may be less so – especially in certain roles (in jobs that involve working with kids, most employers take a zero tolerance approach to any criminal record).

Health screening

Health conditions may prevent some candidates from being able to carry out certain roles. A pre employment medical check can be worth carrying out to make sure that an applicant is fit to carry out the role. You don’t want to hire someone to take on a physically exertive role if they have major respiratory issues or a heart condition as they could end up killing themselves on the job. Make sure they have no health conditions that put them at high risk of an injury (this isn’t an excuse to discriminate against all health conditions – be realistic about the risk). 

Past employer references

References from past employers can be valuable. If a candidate claims to have experience working for a certain company, a reference can serve as proof to this claim. It can also show that the candidate left the company on good terms enough to receive a recommendation from the employer. A reference doesn’t have to just be from an employer – it could be from a high-ranking colleague or even a past client. Just make sure that it’s from someone credible.

Online behaviour

Many employers now like to research candidates online to determine just what type of person they are. There are a few red flags that are worth looking out for. Firstly, you should take great caution if an applicant seems to have no online presence at all – it could be a sign that they’re hiding their true identity. If the applicant has social media accounts, you should consider what type of content they’re posting here. Obviously, you don’t want to hire someone who is regularly going on racist rants or bad mouthing past employers. Ideally, there should be a semi-professional tone to their social media accounts and they should come across amicable. A strong social media following is a plus as it could show they’re an influencer.

 

Fast and Easy Ways to Set up Your Business Premises

Running your own business is great fun, but it can be exhausting. In the early days, it is best not to say no to work. You never know if that extra client you are squeezing in is going to turn out to be a loyal and long-term customer.

 

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You relish landmark moments like opening your first business premises, but to some extent, dread them too. Setting up a new office, salon, shop or workshop is a daunting, and potentially time-consuming task. But it is vital that you get it right. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify the task and get it done in hours rather than days.

Keep the decor simple

You really should give your business premises a fresh coat of paint. It does not take long and will make a huge difference to how good your workplace looks when potential clients visit.

To start with opting for plain walls with a few pieces of good quality artwork to brighten things up, and help you with your branding. HelloCanvas canvas prints are ideal for this. The entire ordering process takes minutes. Everything is done online, all you do is send them your high-quality photo, choose the size, finish and frame and pay. Within as little as a week you get your artwork delivered to your door.

Use your brand and logo in your business premises

If you are selling a product or service it is always worth having a logo made up. We are visual creatures, so remember images better than anything else. Therefore, using a logo, in your business premises, on your correspondence, website and social media accounts makes a lot of sense.

You can easily get your logo made up into a banner, wall sticker, large picture or window decal. This does not cost a lot of money and is a good way to make sure you incorporate it into your business premises.

You can find out more about branding and how to create one for your small business, by reading this article.

Rent your furniture and equipment

The next task is to furnish your business premises. In most cases, the simple approach is to rent the furniture and equipment that you need. There are plenty of companies that offer this service. Including specialist firms that rent out everything you need to set up a beauty parlour, hairdressers or another type of business. This is by far the simplest approach, but you need to be aware it can be an expensive way to do it. Therefore, you should cost it out first, and review the situation once you are sure your business is viable, and that you will be staying open in the long-term.

Rent a serviced business premises

If all of the above still looks like too much work it is worth exploring the option of renting out a serviced space. You can easily find serviced offices, where redecorating, and the basic equipment you need is included in the rental deal. For other business models like hairdressers this option is not so easy, but if you do your research you can often find that fully equipped premises are actually available to rent in your area.

 

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