Hiring Mistakes Every Human Resources Director Should Avoid


Your people are your most important asset and your most valuable resource. Companies that can find and retain outstanding talent will grow and thrive, but even great companies make mistakes when it comes to hiring new employees. Bringing the wrong person on board can cost serious money and time, and you’ll just end up repeating the hiring process again a few months later. Avoid some of these mistakes and find the right person the first time.


Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Searching too narrowly

Having a broad talent pool to draw from is essential to finding the best candidates. You want a diverse spectrum of people to choose from. Having people from a different background, a different industry, or even a different culture will make your workforce stronger and more resilient. Plus, if you cast a wide net, you increase the chances of finding someone with exactly the skills you’re looking for.


You don’t find the right “fit”

There’s more to a great employee than just their skills. An easy mistake to make is not looking at the ways a candidate will contribute to or fit in with your company’s culture. You’ve worked hard to cultivate a certain kind of environment to work in, and you want to attract and hire the kinds of people that fit right in. Be honest about your company’s culture in job postings and interviews and try to recruit people who will contribute to it. This means looking beyond their skills at things like their ethics, energy levels, interpersonal skills, collaborative nature, and so on.

Listen to your gut on this one. If someone seems like a bad fit, you’re probably justified in thinking so.


Lack of preparation

Don’t go into an interview not having done any homework or preparation ahead of time. Screen your applicants with a 10-minute phone interview, and know exactly what kinds of qualities you’re looking for in a worker before bringing anyone in for an interview.

Once you have some solid candidates ready to come in, prepare for your interview with questions that will assess both the relative strengths and weaknesses of the candidates. Don’t just wander in to the interview without questions or a plan: you’ll be wasting an opportunity to really get to know this candidate and accurately assess their qualifications.  Doing some preparation work up front will save your company a lot of time and ensure that only the most qualified candidates meet with you.


Hiring too fast

Don’t rush the hiring process. Being in a position where you’re desperate to fill a role is one you should ideally avoid, but if you must bring someone onboard as quickly as possible, just keep in mind that hiring the wrong person for the job can be much more inconvenient and expensive than doing a little more searching and coming up with the perfect hire. Take your time with gathering applications, and don’t look to fill a position just because you can. Hire people who will bring value to your company, and don’t be in such a rush to fill a seat that you pick a sub-optimal candidate.


Not using hiring technology

Stop printing out a mountain of resumés and sifting through them one at a time. Technology can make your life easier and your work more efficient and cost-effective. Use a talent acquisition and tracking system to drive traffic to your job posts and screen out unsuitable candidates automatically. Then as they move through your funnel, use it to track your candidate’s progress and status and keep managers moving towards a decision. Software can help you work smarter and move toward a confident decision with expediency.


There’s a lot that can go wrong in the hiring process, but there’s a lot that can go right, too. And when you find the perfect person, they can really move the needle on your business and bring your team to new heights.


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