Common Hiring Pitfalls, Part II

There are so many important variables that come together when hiring that we didn’t feel that a single blog post was enough to cover the many mistakes that employers commonly make.  Remember, this decision can result in a major boost for your company, or a significant loss. Ignoring Personality It is so unbelievably important in business.  Some individuals are equipped with some sort of power over others.  They can draw others in with their magnetism, and will be wonderful at securing sales for your company, but if that same person doesn’t have a strong attention span, then placing him in a quiet office environment isn’t likely to work.  A strong skill set is important, but if the person doesn’t fit the role, then it’s a relationship that isn’t going to last.

Hiring Too Quickly You put the ad up and two weeks later someone with a decent resume walks in, inquiring about the job.  A quick interview reveals that the person is interest in your company, and capable of speaking with the industry lingo, so you make the offer.  The bad news is that you were one week away from meeting the perfect candidate.  Hiring too quickly means that you narrow the field exponentially. Take the time to review at least a couple of dozen resumes. Interview at least three candidates.  Ask those who make the cut to come back for a second- or even a third interview, and then hire, as long as the person is a good fit.  And, always check with references!

Trying to Steal Talent from the Competition If you put up the job listing and that person comes to you to submit an application, then by all means, interview and make an offer.  But, don’t go after a person who hasn’t expressed interest.  Trying too hard for an employee is going to waste your resources and likely result in poor morale among other employees.

Overlooking Freelancers You are going to put a lot of time, energy, and capital into fielding, hiring, and training a new employee.  You might not have to.  There are freelances in a wide range of specialties these days.  They often cost far less then hiring a full-time employee, don’t require the same level of training, and don’t take up valuable real estate in your office, because they have offices of their own.

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