The Benefits & Challenges of Hiring Using a Trial Period

Adam Kaufman is General Manager at dLife Healthcare Solutions ( In this video he discusses the benefits & challenges of hiring using a trial period.

  1. Determine if they fit & their attitude
  2. Helps define the actual position
  3. Simplify vetting problem employees
  4. Consultants tend to be more entrepreneurial

So, I doubt on the first one to say how important the people you bring in to your company are and ultimately help the team is going to be turned in to success. And I’m sure we’ve all heard that before and reported many times.

One of the biggest challenged though is how do you actually get those people in your company and one of the things I’ve learned is that there’s a lot of benefit to thinking about booming people first and as consultants on a trial basis giving it an opportunity to see if they work out for you. There are clear benefits to doing that.

First, you get a chance to see if they have the right attitude and the right fit. If they mash well with your team before you’ve made a big commitment.

Second, you often won’t know exactly what the role is you now, it’s a company that’s growing, things are changing. You need a jack of all trades. You can jump into some stuff but you may not be the expert in sales if that’s what you’re hiring for. And so it gives you chance to see if this person matches that role.

Third and not so nice but one of the realities and it’s also easier to let them to go in the sense to subtle distinction between firing someone and just not picking up their contract all from becomes a very real issue one face that.

Lastly, consultants tend to be more entrepreneurial. So, you know, as you’re building your business, you want people with that get go spirit. Someone who is willing to take on that kind of trial period probably is already working in an entrepreneurial setting. For that thing in the biggest risk, you may not be able to attract everybody with that setting, you know, there’s no everybody who is out there working as a freelance sort who is willing to give is a shot and then come on. And for a particular job, you may need to offer a full time position to get in there.

So, I think it’s a great way. I would recommend it in most of the companies I’ve been out and at least certainly try to do that whenever possible. We found that the best way, we’ve actually done an offered, you know, a full time employment to a number of people that way. But sometimes, it does not work out.