By Kelly Gauthier, Data Science Recruiter

How thoroughly do you vet potential candidates? Many companies make the mistake of rushing through the vetting process in order to hire a potentially great employee. But doing so could leave you exposed and cause you to overlook important information that could change your opinion of the candidate.

An effective and thorough candidate vetting process should look at potential employees from a variety of perspectives. You need to read between the lines when reviewing their resumes, follow up with references thoroughly, and check them out online to get a well-rounded view of who they are, what they value, and how they would fit within your organization.

How to Thoroughly Vet a Potential Job Candidate

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Vetting a candidate starts with their resume and job application and continues during the interview process. However, it needs to extend beyond this to effectively assess candidates.

Here are some additional methods to add to your hiring process to vet candidates more thoroughly:

Review the candidate’s online presence

Almost everyone is online today. Performing an online search about the candidate can teach you a lot about their personality, attitude, and approach to work. It can also alert you to potential red flags. There have been a lot of news stories about people getting fired for derogatory, racist, and socially unacceptable comments they made online in the past. Looking up a candidate online can help avoid this.

A simple Google search can help you find information about the candidate’s past work history, social media accounts, and even links to blogs or articles they’ve published online.

Make reference checks meaningful

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Take job reference checks seriously. Going through the motions and simply verifying information will not tell you much about a candidate. When calling references, have a list of prepared questions to help you learn more about what the candidate stated on their resume and during the interview. References are a great resource to identify if a candidate is being truthful.

Include testing as part of your vetting process

The more information you can collect about a candidate the better. Requiring candidates to complete a personality or skills related test will tell you more about the candidate and their ability to do the job.

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Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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