Top 5 Hiring Blunders and How to Avoid Them

Top 5 Hiring Blunders and How to Avoid Them

Not every hiring decision you will make in your career as a manager is going to be perfect. Bad hires do happen and the key is to reduce the instances of imperfection with each new experience. Learn from your own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others to improve your interviewing and hiring skills. Let’s look at the top 5 hiring mistakes you may be making and how you can avoid them in the future.

  1. Don’t treat the candidate like a number. When jobs are posted online the response can often be overwhelming. You may receive hundreds or even thousands of resumes. Some of these candidates may also contact you directly. Don’t treat any of them as a number or an imposition. You want to humanize the process as much as possible.
  2. Don’t wait for the “perfect” candidate. Many companies, especially since the recession, have started searching for only that one perfect candidate. They want individuals who check every box rather than looking for a person who can do the job and fit in well with the company. Stop thinking about the perfect candidate before you miss out on opportunities for the right hire.
  3. Don’t drag your feet with your decision. The longer you wait to make a decision the more likely it will be that the candidate will move on to another opportunity. Take your time and meet the right people, but when you talk with someone who will be a good addition to your team don’t play games with making an offer or wait to see who else is out there.
  4. Don’t leave them waiting for a response. Make sure you communicate with your candidates. If someone isn’t right for the job, let them know so they aren’t hanging on to the opportunity. Communication is important once they start as an employee as well so give each candidate the same courtesy.
  5. Don’t play games with the money. Are you familiar with the phrase “Penny wise, pound foolish?” Even if you already have an idea of what you want to pay for an employee, keep in mind that your number should be flexible. A higher paid employee will cost less over time than hiring the wrong person, paying them less, and needing to replace them. Don’t get so strict with your ideas about salary.

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