Don’t hire without checking references. Phone inquiries are the most effective because some hesitation or tone of voice may be as helpful as the answer. Also use references to verify application information. State that the candidate has provided the contact information and is aware the contact will be made.
Protect your business
While the top effort should be to prevent any animal abuse on your farm, vetting new hires to prevent the accidental hiring of an undercover animal rights activist makes sense. It is perfectly legal to ask (on the application or verbally) whether the applicant is or ever was a member of an animal rights group. Asking the question creates a record that potentially could be used later.
Make the job offer
Promptly make the job offer both verbally and in writing. Include all of the details regarding benefits to eliminate surprises later. Also promptly communicate with everyone you interviewed to let them know you selected someone else.
Prepare your team
Make sure the rest of your team knows about the hire and starting date. Convey a sense of excitement and hospitality among the staff so the new employee feels welcomed.