When a candidate accepts a job, s/he may have to work several weeks' notice in the current role. So it's important that you, as the prospective manager, maintain contact and keep him / her engaged during this time. If you fail to do so, s/he could lose interest, change his / her mind, or – worse still – go to a competitor. The Pre-Start Day checklist, below, will give you some ideas about how you can keep in touch.
Send your new starter useful information in a welcome pack, so that s/he can find out about your setting at leisure. Give an overview of the setting (including mission, vision, values, and corporate culture), the department and the team
Ask him / her to complete a Training Needs Analysis document. This will highlight any skills gaps, so that you can incorporate appropriate training into your schedule.
Tell co-workers the start date, and schedule short one-on-one meetings with key team members. Inform new starter of these meetings.
Check that s/he's ready to start by sending a friendly email just before the first day. Give any necessary instructions such as parking and where to report to.