Education in the Hiring Process
If you are looking to hire new employees then your business must be growing, and that is always a good thing. During the hiring process, however, you need to realize that the new employees that you bring on will really help to define your company in the near future. Choosing individuals who are going to be an asset to your company rather than a liability, may feel like a daunting task. Developing a good system of vetting your future employees is crucial to this process. Let’s look at the education component of your hiring process.
One Size Does Not Fit All
It would be so easy if you could simply look for a few key education markers with your job applicants and lump everyone into the same group. There are certainly some employers and hiring managers who do this. Even though you might be tempted to run through job applications and simply look for a degree here or a certification there, this is not always the best way to fill positions.
It is important to remember that there are many types of education that can produce quality workers. Just because an individual does not hold a certain type of degree does not mean they cannot bring value and productivity to your business. It is important to look at the recruit as a whole person, not just a degree holder.
Forget Name Dropping
Another temptation is to simply go with applicants who graduated from a high name school. This is lazy recruiting because you are depending on the school’s reputation to have produced a quality worker and a high character individual. This is not always the case and you should certainly never depend on a school’s name to tell you more about the person. The school’s name is simply the school’s name. It should have no bearing on your opinion of their character, skills, or work ethic. You should also keep in mind that there are plenty of people who will falsify a resume or even a job application by putting inaccurate information concerning their education. It is important for recruiters to use education verification methods to weed out dishonest applications such as these.
If a degree is required for the position you are filling, you simply need to make sure the person holds the degree. A school’s name should not hold too much bearing when considering one applicant over another. Look at more tangible proofs of productivity and hard work. Using a school’s name to determine if someone will be a hard worker is not only unfair to the applicants, but it could also be dangerous. Plenty of white-collar criminals have graduated from top schools.
If you are looking for more tangible proof of an individual’s qualifications, one of the best ways to do this is to talk with past employers. This may take a lot more time on your part, but in the end, you will get more solid information. This information will help you to make better choices when you are looking for new employees.
When you speak to other employers you should ask probing questions that will produce the information you need. It is a good idea to have these questions prepared ahead of time. This is also a good time to verify some of the information the applicant put down concerning their past employment. Anything that a future employee has added to their resume concerning their work and accomplishments should be verifiable with past employers.
Although it would be great to simplify the hiring process, the truth of the matter is, there are few corners you can cut. In order to get good quality employees, you will need to dig in and really do some research on these people to make sure you are getting the best possible candidate.