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Are you looking at hiring a new employee? Then look at these four criteria

by , 15 October 2015
When it comes to recruitment, the new Employment Equity Act (EEA) makes a big impact on you and your business.

According to the EEA, you CAN'T discriminate against any potential employees when hiring.

If you do, you could very well end up at the Commission for Conciliation, Medication and Arbitration (CCMA), after which you could be paying someone, who wasn't even your employee to begin with, 24 months' salary.

Don't let this happen to you!

When recruiting, the law requires you to follow at least one of, or all of, the following four criteria when determining the suitability of an applicant.

They are:

1. Formal qualifications

This has to do with the applicant's school finishing certificate; college certificate, university diploma; degree or any other similar academic achievement.

For certain positions, particularly professions, it's understandable to look at the applicant's formal, and relevant qualifications, with scrutiny.

2. Prior learning

'Prior learning' includes the following:

·        Any informal qualifications from short courses;
·        Having performed, or assisted with, a similar job;
·        Reading on the topic;
·        Exposure to the tasks of the job; and
·        Any other form of relevant learning apart from formal qualifications.

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3. Relevant experience

This refers to the extent to which the job applicant has been exposed to the same or any other similar work to the job being applied for.

Traditionally speaking, it has been a key factor when looking at applicants.

Now, while the law allows you to consider these criteria, it DOESN'T allow you to unfairly discriminate against a potential applicant just because she doesn't have relevant experience.

Take all the other criteria into consideration.

4. The capacity to acquire the ability to do the job, within a reasonable time

There are generally three steps you can use in measuring such capacity.

They are:

·        Look at the job facets as well as the job qualities which the applicants require;
·        Formulate fair and objective tests to identify the necessary qualities required; and
·        Apply these tests, among all applicants, in a consistent manner.

So, there are four criteria that you must look into when looking to hire someone.

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