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Why Companies Make Hiring Mistakes and How to Prevent Them

Dec 09, 2020 01:37 PM EST | By Ernest Hamilton
Why Companies Make Hiring Mistakes and How to Prevent Them
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We don't need to tell you about the detrimental consequences of bad hiring, but we will remind you that it could cost your organization a lot of money, energy, and time. The higher up you go on the company ladder, the more impactful an employment mistake can have on a company. Sometimes, hiring mistakes are a result of organizational hiring practices, or lack thereof. 

If you're on the hunt for new candidates to join your executive team, your company must have a clear and concise recruitment process in place. Whether you work in Human Relations (HR) or are on the executive committee, the hiring procedure documents must be available to everyone on the team so that you're all on the same page because you want to avoid hiring mistakes at all costs.

Check out our list of signs that your organization might be making hiring mistakes. If any of these sound familiar to you, it's probably time to reassess your company's hiring practices.

There's No Firm Hiring Policy in Place 

Does your company have a clearly stated hiring procedure that's accessible to employees who need it? While there might be some old documents floating around, organizational hiring guidelines often find themselves shuffled under the rug. There must be a step-by-step process to follow. Such a procedure enables the HR and executive teams to come together to make the right decision. Without a comprehensive policy to have on file, you might miss out on some excellent hiring opportunities. 

Consider updating your policy if you think it's a little outdated. Today, organizations conduct several interviews with strong candidates. While it might be nerve-wracking for some applicants, meeting with potential team members provides the opportunity for candidates to ask questions about the office culture, and your team will discover which interviewee is best suited for the job. 

You're Not Working with a Recruitment Agency 

Many organizations make a big mistake by not using a professional search and recruitment firm to help with the hiring process. There's only so much time in a workday, and you likely don't have eight hours to devote to one employment search. Luckily, recruiters have the time to do precisely that. Recruitment agencies save you time and money by pulling from exclusive talent pools. You won't have to sort through hours of resumes and cover letters because the right agency will source the best person for the job using their connections and professional recruiting experience. 

The Interview Questions Aren't Challenging 

You don't want to intimidate your potential employee with overly-aggressive questions, but don't be afraid to understand how a person thinks. You want to see that candidates answer questions with sincerity and truth, but also creativity. Are interviews zooming by, but you still don't feel confident about any of the candidates? The interview questions might lack sustenance - consider adding some trickier and thoughtful questions to the company's interview question roster to get the candidates' creative juices flowing.

The best employees start with the best hiring methods. Work with a professional recruitment agency, put reliable procedures in place, and beef up those interview questions. Such simple steps will lead to strong, long-lasting team performance.

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