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Hi everyone,
We have a good potential candidate with the required technical skills for the position in our company, but the candidate was previously self-employed (had his own partnership setup).
Before we make a wrong (and probably hasty) decision, request the CiteHR members to share some inputs on few of the questions below:
1. Should this candidate be considered with respect to other candidates who have required service tenure?
2. If yes, should his technical skills during his self-employment be considered?
3. If yes, then how can we verify and confirm his self-employment details?
4. Any other points we need to consider?
Warm regards,
Rohit

Dear Rohit,
Who was he delivering his services to ? His clients are the best resource to verify his competencies and skills.
What was this candidate offering as a product or service ?
How big was the sizeable market ?
What was his returns ?
Looking forward to hear from you.

• The feedback from previous teams with which the freelancer has previously worked: Comments, opinions, recommendations and references
• Availability to work in certain geographical situations
• Samples of previous work and their performance-portfolios-
• Preferences (type of work, time, geographic location, etc ...)
• Experience and knowledge through blogs and social networks.
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The candidate has given Client references, and we have validated those references. His partnership company had catered to Tier 2 and Tier 3 IT & Media companies for IT & Software services. The candidate has said it was a small firm and since the returns weren't good, the partners wound up the business.
The question here is:
The position is for a management role, and requires 7-8 years of experience. Should we consider his Self-employment experience as part of the Job experience or not consider it at all? Also, if we do consider, what proof of experience do we ask from him?
Warm regards,
Rohit

Do not tell me what to do, tell me how you do it. This could be the summary.
Most companies no longer choose a vacancy with a CV with the names of schools, courses and qualifications. Now they want to know what lies beyond those cold data, know about "skills" that make it a be employable.
So you should consider his Self-employment experience as part of the Job experience.
You can do psychological testing, but are not always good predictors. In my opinion, to see her/his portfolio is the best. There you can see her/his work, talking with her/his last employers, making a good interview where he/she explained how has done different projects and explorin her/him social networks. The tools of social networks like LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook make it easy for an expert to highlight what he/she knows and get to an exponential number of people. Seing if he/she is an opinion leader in her/him field of knowledge.

Hello Rohit

What an employer shall look for in a candidate is whether he has the skill and ability to build a house, if he is supplied with bricks and mortar. It is not of much relevance whether he got this skill as an employee or a self-employed You have already came to a finding presumably through your interaction or interview with him that he got the potential and required technical skills for the position in the company vis-a-vis other candidates.If you feel that experience as an employee in a company will make a difference to the technical skills of a candidate as against a candidate who is self employed, then you need to compare the data of responses of employed candidates to the queries and situations with that of the self-employed one and find out whose responses are qualitatively better.The key to the solution is to decide who can deliver what you want. Please be ruthlessly clear in that since you have to only find out the job fit.

hope this helps.

B.Saikumar

In house HR & labour Law Advisor


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