Hiring decisions that result in "bad" hires sap your organisation's time, training resources, and psychic energy. These are the top hiring mistakes to avoid during your recruiting and hiring process.
“But if I do these eight activities with care will it result in better hires?” you ask. Yes! Better hires will help you develop a strong, healthy, productive, competitive organisation.
Here are eight recruiting and hiring mistakes to avoid:
Not Pre-screening Candidates
A half hour phone call can save hours of your organisation's time. Pre-screening applicants is a must for recruiting and hiring the best employees. You can discover whether the candidate has the knowledge and experience you need. You can screen for applicants who expect a salary that is out of your league. You can gain a sense about the person's congruity with your culture. Always pre-screen applicants.
Failing to Prepare the Candidate
If your applicant fails to ask about your company and the specifics of the job for which he or she has applied, help the applicant out. Prepare your applicants better for the interview, so interviewers spend their time on the important issues: determining the candidate's skills and fit within your culture.
Prepare the candidate by describing the company, the details of the position, the background and titles of the interviewers, and whatever will eliminate time wasting while the candidate interviews within your company.
Failing to Prepare the Interviewers
You wouldn't choose a college for your child or launch a project without a plan. Why, then, do
organisations put so little planning into interviewing candidates for positions?
Interviewers need to meet in advance and create a plan. Who is responsible for which types of
questions? What aspect of the candidate's credentials is each person assessing? Who is assessing
culture fit? Plan to succeed in employee selection in advance.
Relying on the Interview to Evaluate a Candidate
The interview is a lot of talk. And most frequently, because applicants are not prepped in advance, a lot of interview time is spent giving the candidate information about your organisation. Even more time is invested in different interviewers asking the candidate the same questions over and over.
During an interview, candidates tell you what they think you want to hear because they want to successfully obtain a job offer. Organisations are smart when they develop several methods for evaluating candidates in addition to the interview.
Doing Nothing but Talk during an Interview
Every interview needs to have components other than questions, answers and discussion. Walk the candidate through the company. Ask about his or her experience with situations you point out during the walk. In a manufacturing company, ask how the candidate would improve a process.
Watch the candidate perform a task such as separating parts or components to get a feel for their "hands-on" ability. Have a documentation or writing candidate write a description of the steps in one of your work processes.
See how quickly a person learns a particular task. Ask how the candidate would approach improving the quality of a given accounting process.
As long as you use tests and tasks that are directly related to the position for which the individual is interviewing, you will earn reams of relevant information to use in your selection process.
Evaluating "Personality," Not Job Skills and Experience
Sure, it would be nice for you to like everyone at work. But, this is much less important than recruiting the strongest, smartest, best candidates you can find. People tend to hire people who are similar to themselves. They are the most comfortable with those candidates, of course.
This will kill your organisation over time. You need diverse people with diverse personalities to deal with diverse employees and customers. Think about the customer that drives you crazy. Isn't it likely that a new employee with a similar personality would have the same problem? Likewise, hiring a candidate because you enjoyed and liked him or her, as the main qualification, ignores your need for particular skills and experience. Don't do it.
Failing to Differentiate, Via Testing and Discussion, the Critical Job Skills
How do you differentiate one candidate from another? Everyone has a "wish list" for all of the qualities, skills, personality factors, experience and interests you want to see in your selected employee. You must decide on, and perhaps, test, the skills you most desire in your candidate.
What are the three - four most critical factors for contribution and success given the job, the skills of the other employees and the needs of your customers? Once you have identified these, you cannot "settle" on a candidate that does not bring these to your workplace. Or you will fail.
Developing a Small Candidate Pool
Take the time to build a candidate pool with several candidates who meet the needs of your organisation. If you don't have to make a choice among several qualified candidates, your pool is too small. Don't "settle" for someone if you don't have the right person with the skills and experience you need. It's better to reopen your search.
These mistakes are often fatal to a candidate's ultimate success within your organisation. If you do these activities successfully, you increase the probability of a happy, successful employee contributing what you need from him or her to your organisation.
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