Hiring mistakes are one of those things you don’t realize until it’s too late. Though it’s never really too late (since firing is a thing), interview, hiring, and training are expensive investments so, if you do it right you won’t have to do it often. Here are 4 hiring mistakes that may be impacting your bottom line and overall business success.
Personality vs. Skills
A lengthy resume may seem tempting, however, emotional intelligence is proving to contribute more to business success. Challenge yourself to look beyond the paper and really get to know the candidate using high-impact interview questions. Consider asking them what about life has prepared them for this position as opposed to skill and work experience. Being able to cope with rejection, manage stress, and make friends easily are often personality traits found in an ideal employee.
If you’re still flipping through a file of paper applications you are costing yourself time and money with this prehistoric technique. Invest in an online screening process to help you weed out unqualified candidates. If not, opt for a brief 10-minute phone interview before inviting a candidate for a one on one. This way you can be even more efficient with your screening process than having ten 1 hours interview. Efficiency is key to business success.
Not Looking Within
Are your employees discovering that you’re hiring from the company website? This is a huge HR fail for many reasons. Hidden talent is so very often among those who already know your brand and business model. Always start the hiring process from within unless the position is drastically different from all other. Even so, it is always, at the least, worth mentioning internally that you’re hiring before going public.
Avoid these 3 hiring mistakes so that you can build long, mutually beneficial, business relationships with the right candidate every time.