Monthly Archives: March 2015

Work Hard and Have Good Luck

Thomas Jefferson once (famously) said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

March is a month where we talk much of luck, but often, this is just disguised as hard work. When hiring employees, a little time and hard work goes a long way.

Checking references used to be the way to go in seeing if an applicant would be a good fit for your company. Now, it’s almost become a necessity for business owners to do a full background check before hiring anyone.

The costs involved with doing an “official” background check and fingerprinting can be extremely prohibitive, especially if you’re a small business owner. There are many things you CAN do that involve a little hard work, but don’t cost anything. After doing these things, hopefully you’ll end up looking very “lucky” with the caliber of employees you end up with.

First, check and double check the educational information listed on the application. Studies have shown 20 to 30 percent of all applications include exaggerated or falsified educational information. Checking this information can immediately rule out some applicants.

Next, contact those former employers! Many employers fail to contact the former employers listed on an application. Doing this legwork can be critical in determining the “real” reasons why an employee left, and can also serve as a great tool to verify dates of employment.

Finally, call those references. Require at least three non-family references and actually call them. Many employers require references, but never utilize them to find out about potential employees.

In addition to these formal methods of looking into applicants’ backgrounds, use social media as much as possible to research into who you “really” are hiring.

Put forth this little bit of hard work and then sit back while others admire your fortunate good luck!

We at Ninja Gig realize the importance of hiring the best, honest, and most capable employees. We offer customizable employment applications that will help capture key data and information which will help you hire the best. With this, and all of our other great features, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up today for a 30-day free trial and see how great, yet simple to use, our software is.

Required Fields vs. Applicant Responsibility

Remember those good old days of accepting job applications with paper?  On paper applications you could mark a field as “required”, but there was no enforcement on these required fields, allowing applicants to enter whatever they wanted, potentially leaving many fields blank.

On a digital form, however, it is much easier to enforce required fields.  But, should you?  As a hiring manager you want complete applications, and if an applicant provides you with complete information, you are more easily able to make hiring decisions.  However, the simple act of marking a field as required on a digital employment application does not guarantee that the information you are going to receive in that field is valuable.

Here at Ninja Gig, we understand why you may want to mark a field as required, and we have enabled this feature in our software.  However, personally, for our company, we don’t use it.  Yes, we ask for specific information of our applicants, and we strongly urge them to be as complete as possible, but we don’t force them to fill it out.  In our opinion, if someone wants the job, they will take the time to be thorough, and we can immediately disregard the applicants that aren’t complete.

At the end of the day, it is up to you as a hiring manager or business owner to make the decision whether or not to require specific information on your online job app, and our tool will make the job easy!

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