7 Common Hiring Mistakes You Want to Avoid

25 hiring candidatesHiring people can be both the most rewarding and most challenging thing we do in our business. Find the right employee and it’s rewarding to help them grow, learn, and become an important part of your organization. Hire the wrong person and it becomes one of the biggest, most costly, frustrating mistakes a business owner can make.

Seven Common Hiring Mistakes

1. Your job posting looks like a laundry list of tasks

Instead, create a classified ad that speaks more to the heart of the type of person you are looking for. The posting should focus on the entire person and describe their attributes. The thought is that people will compare themselves to a particular ad and respond accordingly. Remember, you are selling the position, so focus on the positive aspects.

2. Not applying enough resources

Do a broad search and don’t cut corners. Post your ad on multiple services and think outside the box. You want to cast a wide, broad net and get as many candidates interested as possible.

3. Prescreening candidates based purely on what’s on their resume

When bringing a new person into your organization what’s more important, what’s in their head or what’s in their heart? Most people I ask this question respond “heart.” Well, how are you going to tell that from their resume? You may very well be throwing away quality people simply due to something on their resume. Instead, consider doing a group interview that would allow you to personally meet and evaluate more candidates in the same amount of time.

4. Failing to court candidates

The “getting to know you” process should not be just a one-sided two-hour interview. Realize you are marketing yourself and your business to candidates too. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

5. Not checking references

Many businesses no longer check references because they believe they won’t get any valuable information. You still need to prepare a list of questions to ask references and then do it! Also, contact former employers and ask them the same questions. You might be surprised what someone will tell you.

6. Not testing to determine if they truly have the skills

You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, so why are you hiring someone without test driving them? Determine the 4 or 5 key skills necessary for them to perform the job and be successful, then make sure they can really do them.

7. Hiring too quickly

You’re probably hiring because you needed someone yesterday! Do the proper due diligence and don’t let the pressure to fill a vacancy force you into a premature decision. Remember the old adage, “Hire slow, fire fast.”

The Bottom Line: 

Don’t make these seven common mistakes and instead try doing something different. If you’re unhappy with the results you have been achieving in your hiring, then you have to change up what you have done in the past in order to get a different result.

Please post in the comments below what you plan to do differently in your next hiring attempt.


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