There are so many factors to consider when you’re making a new hire, and their previous work history is a big one. If a candidate has been fired, you may be on the fence about adding them to your team. But, here’s the reality – it’s not that simple. 

Take their entire story into consideration, making an effort to learn all points of view. People are fired for many different reasons, and it doesn’t necessarily mean they were a bad employee. Perhaps, it just wasn’t the right fit. 

Here’s our take. Consider each of these tips before making your decision: 

Check Their References 

Ask them to provide references and make it a point to check them thoroughly. Use this as a resource to understand their previous employer’s reason for firing them. 

At ETS, we can fully vet candidates for you. We strive to make personal connections with each of our candidates to understand the entire story. Plus, we’ll handle reference checks for you!

Understand the Whole Story

Make an effort to understand the entire story. Get their side and perspective based on what happened and why they got fired. It could’ve been a bad culture fit, a management issue or they simply didn’t realize all that the job entailed and they weren’t able to keep up. Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t mean that this individual won’t succeed at your company. 

As an employer, you should be able to tell early on in this discussion what actually happened and where you should go from there. 

Go With Your Gut

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer if you should hire someone who has been fired. Your best option is to go with your gut. Think about other employees you’ve hired in the past and how you chose to hire them. Use your instincts and trust your intuition. 

The most important thing to focus on is the potential employee in front of you and getting to know them better. Don’t focus on the past, and instead think about the future. Do you see them as a valuable asset to your company?

Consider Different Points of View

Think of all of the different perspectives and scenarios. Each side of the story may be different, but weigh in that company’s culture, their management and how they run their business. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if you’re willing to trust them at your workplace. 

Be Open to Second Chances

You could be the only one who is willing to give that candidate a second chance. And that alone makes an impact. Someone with bad luck in the past is much more likely to work extra hard to prove their new employer otherwise. A candidate that was fired before knows that they can’t mess up again.

So be open to second chances, they could work out in your favor.

Leave your hiring processes in the hands of ETS. With our personalized approach, we’ll thoroughly vet each candidate to understand the bigger picture and make sure they’re the right fit for your company. 

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