Screening is one of the most important steps when hiring new employees by a business and is one of the most intensive. For a business that uses the services of a labour hire agency, all this organisation needs to do is inform the labour hire agent of their current labour needs and within a short while a pre-screened candidate is provided.
Labour hire companies carry out employee screening on behalf of their clients to ensure both the clients and the candidates get what they are looking for. Let’s take a look at the main things your employment agency screens for with the employees they place in your firm.
- Skills and experience. Businesses are very specific when they place a request to a labour hire agency regarding an employment position. They specify the kind of skills they require and a certain amount of work experience. It is the agency’s job to make sure that the candidate possesses the necessary education, skills and experience before placing him/her with you. This involves verifying education documents, contacting references and sometimes even administering tests. This ensures that once placed, the candidate will successfully accomplish the tasks that you need to be performed.
- Compatibility. The candidate might have the required skills and experience but they might be incompatible with your type of industry. Since labour hire agencies provide employees to several industries, making sure the candidate will excel in your particular industry is crucial. Your Agency also checks the person’s ability to get along with colleagues, and most importantly with you; the client. If they can’t then the relationship the agency is trying to foster will fail.
- Criminal record. Your labour hire agency screens the candidate for any past criminal records. This is especially important for roles that require some level of trust with sensitive materials or information.
- Ability to fit into the company’s culture. Every organisation has a culture or a certain way that people interact with each other and behave. This is based on certain policies, values, procedures and expectations that influence the behaviour of people working within the organisation. The labour hire agency is tasked with the responsibility of finding out whether the candidate is compatible with your organisation’s culture.
- Expectations. Different employees have different expectations. These have to be identified before the agency places the candidate to ensure that the candidate is not disappointed. Expectations with such things as working hours, career growth and remuneration need to be identified to ensure the candidate gets what they are looking for with as few compromises as possible. This makes for happy employees and happy employees are more productive.
Blue Collar People understands the importance of comprehensive screening to successfully match clients and employees.