There is no doubting the product or service a company sells and how they market are important to success. However, without a good team of employees, very few businesses can succeed. Employees are the lifeblood of your company and can make you a huge success, or drive your company into the dirt. 

As a result, it is important that you hire high-quality employees. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. Not only can there be a lot of competition for the best employees, but there are many steps to hiring an employee, which don’t always go according to plan. Hiring mistakes happen from time to time, but you should do all you can to limit them. 

With that in mind, this article is going to look at 4 different hiring mistakes you should watch out for and avoid.  

Not Keeping Up With the Times

Technology has changed the world, especially when it comes to business. However, in addition to changing areas like marketing, technology has also improved the recruitment and hiring process. Today it is more and more common for big and even medium-sized or small companies to use recruitment software solutions, and the most popular of those software solutions can be found at Applicant Tracking Systems.  It has made everything quicker, more streamlined and ultimately more simple. Not only that, it has the potential to save many companies a ton of time and therefore – money.

Unfortunately, some companies don’t embrace technology like they should. Maybe they are afraid of change, or simply don’t believe the tech will help. If you don’t keep up with the times and utilize the technology available to you in the hiring process like applicant tracking or A.I, you may be left in the dust. If other companies are using everything at their disposal, there is a good chance they can not only get more/better applicants, but also bring those applicants through the hiring process in a more streamlined manner. 

Not Being Fully Transparent

If you are not transparent, attracting top-of-the-line employees to work with you will be next to impossible. If your job descriptions are unclear or misleading in nature, they aren’t likely to yield great results. Instead, you need to be clear about not only the job in the description, but also the type of person you are looking for to fill it. 

In addition to being transparent on the job description, you also need to ensure the employee knows everything about what they will be doing. No one wants to be left confused about what their duties are, so be sure to be clear. If you truly don’t know what the job or position entails, be honest with the new employees about that. 

Not Casting a Wide Enough Net

When trying to hire a new employee, you want to get the best worker possible. To give yourself the best chance of doing this you need to cast a wide net. The more people you reach, the better the chance that you get a great fit. If you post your jobs in the same few places in the same few ways, you are going to continue to get the same few applicants.

People in the modern day don’t use the newspaper to find a job, they use the internet. You need to post your job on online job boards, get it on sites they check out, and share the opening with agencies. The more different ways you share the job opening, the better the chance you find someone worth hiring. 

Talking More Than Listening in an Interview

When a company holds a job interview, it is to find out if an employee is a good fit or not. However, some interviewers end up doing most of the talking, which limits how much you actually learn about an applicant. This is a very common problem, with a very easy solution, talk less and listen more.

An interviewer should only talk about a quarter of the time, and listen for the rest. You need to ask short and important questions that warrant lengthy responses. The more open-ended questions you ask, the more you will learn about the potential employee. 

In conclusion, we hope that this article has helped you learn some common hiring mistakes to avoid. 

Article source: Wendy Dessler

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