The Right Staff Part 1
The employees that you choose to hire for your business can mean the difference between success and failure. In an ideal world, you could put an ad out for the type of employee you’re looking for and get a stack of applicants that are qualified for that position. In the real world, the people applying will be everything from overqualified, to obviously lacking qualifications or having disruptive natures. There are people out there who can not only fail to adequately do their jobs, but cause employee productivity to fall throughout the whole business and bring a host of legal troubles.
It would be ideal to get a positive reference about each employee from someone that you know and trust, but that’s not always possible, so get references from the applicants and call them. You should take care not ignore the personal references, as people are less guarded around the people they know personally and tend to reveal more of themselves than they do to their bosses and coworkers. You can also get a good idea of what an applicant is like by the people they choose to spend their time with, so if their personal reference seems like a person of exceptional quality, then you can generally expect the applicant to have a similar attitude.