It’s Fine to Work with People You Like, but Screen Them First

Posted by Kristina Taylor
May 22, 2009

It’s Fine to Work with People You Like, but Screen Them First

As an employer or manager, have you ever had the experience of sitting in an interview that’s going really well and thinking, “Wow!  I really like this person and want him/her on my team.  In fact, I think I’ll forgo the background screening and just go with my gut”?

Before you go forward with your instincts, take a step back and think through your decision carefully.  What do you really know about your potential hiree?

You see, almost any person can seem likable or amazing in a job interview or two.  It’s not that difficult.  However, being jovial and smart and being dependable and conscientious are two very different things.  A person who comes across as a great team player may actually have a sordid past that you can’t learn about without a background screening.

Remember that it’s fine to go with your gut and proceed with the hiring process.  But wait for the results of your background screening to come back “clean” before extending any offers of employment.  One day, you just might avoid disaster.

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