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The Top 10 Hiring Mistakes

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Hiring a new employee is something that professionals often postpone as long as possible. It is important to find the right person to fill the vacancy. The hiring process takes time and effort. There is a big temptation to add someone who is available at that moment and looks like they have the skills to do it. This is often a mistake. Here is a list of other hiring mistakes that professionals frequently make:

1. No job description 

By writing down in detail the tasks that this employee will be required to do the hiring manager will be able to see the qualifications a person will need to do this job.

2. Hiring someone without the necessary skills 

It will be clear from the job description what skills are necessary for the job. Testing the candidate to be sure that his or her skills are current is also important. (Use a Proofreading, filing, or grammar skills assessment.)

3. Hiring someone without having the person take a behavioral assessment 

Will help you see if this person will fit into the office and compliment the skills of the other people. It will also help you to communicate with the person in a way that that person will hear. Most managers tend to hire people like themselves when in fact they may need someone who can do some of the things that the manager doesn’t enjoy.

4. Hiring someone whose temperament or personality is wrong for the job 

Some positions require people who are talkative and friendly and others require people who enjoy working by themselves. Certain tasks require a detail-oriented person while others need someone who sees the big picture. Knowing the personality type and temperament that is best for the particular position will help the manager find the right person.

5. Hiring friends and/or relatives 

Often people hire friends or relatives to be kind or favor someone. If the decision turns out to be a bad one, the situation can get uncomfortable. It is often difficult to give feedback to friends or relatives and they often resent being put in a position where they have to be grateful for the opportunity but are angry with you for the criticism.

6. Not interviewing the candidate 

To get to know if you can work with someone you need to speak with him/her directly either face to face or by phone.

7. Not preparing for the interview by creating a set of questions that you ask everyone.

Spending time preparing a set of probing questions for the candidates will help you to determine which candidate most closely fits your job description.

8. Not posting the job

Advertising it in the paper, and/or using a recruiter so that you get multiple candidates giving you a choice Some are tempted to hire the first applicant. If you advertise for candidates in multiple ways and use a recruiter, you should have various candidates to interview and select from.

9. Not screening the candidates 

So you interview everyone Once you have a group of candidates it is easiest to have screening interviews to weed out those who are inappropriate. Often screening interviews are done by phone but also could be done by email.

10. Not checking references and background

It is tempting once you have settled on a candidate to hire him/her on the spot. It is worth taking the time to check references and background to be sure that this candidate has honestly presented him/herself.

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