How to Avoid Bad Hires for Your companyby John Smith Learner
process has never been easy, and every hire made by a company is crucial. Bad
hires are not only expensive but can also sink the company. According to
experts, most bad hires are made through employee referrals. One hire often
opens the door to more bad hires. This is why hiring managers should have a
game plan to find the best candidates for the vacant post before hiring new
employees. That said, watch out for the following for how
to avoid making bad hires.
· Align Job Description to Role
the hiring process, the first important step is aligning the job description
and the vacant role in the company. The first hiring mistake is made by an
ineffective, unclear, and off-base job description. This prompts unqualified
candidates to apply for the post. Experts advise hiring managers to spend time
crafting an effective, realistic, and relatable job description that will
attract highly qualified talents and eliminate those lacking necessary skill
Interrogate Candidates' CV
managers look at the CV superficially. When checking the candidates’ CV, note
how well the CV has been put together. Typos and grammar mistakes, for
instance, are immediate red flags. Such sloppy errors could indicate a lack of
attention to detail, which is a character you wouldn’t want to have in your
transient businesses, soft skills such as resilience are increasingly becoming
important, and employers need to look for them in candidates. Bearing this in
mind, an employee whose CV indicates regular job changes should be a cause for
concern. You certainly wouldn’t want to hire someone who can leave as soon as
they get settled at work.
Interview Danger Signs
As you begin the
interview, watch out for the preparedness of the candidate. Interviews are an
important hiring stage where HR managers can gauge the employees' potential.
Failure to prepare adequately for the interview indicates a lack of commitment
to work. Important checkpoints include inquiring if the candidate is familiar
with the company’s website or annual accounts.
candidates should conversely state commercial aspects of the company,
competitors, expected market challenges, potential growth plans, and much more.
This indicates adequate preparedness. Another important aspect is to watch out
for interviewee questions. It provides the best opportunity for the candidate
to find out more about the company and the role they are applying for.
Candidates who don’t take advantage of this opportunity should be a cause of
You should also
check for body language and general hygiene during the interview. They are
essential indicators of a perfect hire. It is also important to watch out for
the candidate’s attitude towards their current role. Inquire their reasons for
leaving, roles, and challenges faced. Take caution on an employee talking
negatively about their current employer.
Set a Realistic Timeline
When filling a
vacant post in your company, it is important to set a realistic timeline for a
successful hire. Hiring managers make crucial hiring mistakes because they feel
the pressure of filling the vacant post as soon as possible. Hiring in a rush
means that you will interview and hire the first candidates who submit their
applications. However, it is important to have a realistic timeframe.
Understand that it takes five or more weeks to fill in staff level positions
and eight weeks for management positions.
hires based on these effective strategies increases your business’ chances of
attracting and bringing qualified talent on-board. If you feel the pressure is
too much, consider outsourcing the process to a recruiting agency.
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