Hiring tips: are you hiring people that are the wrong fit for your organization?

February 26, 2014 Stephen Brown
Hiring tips: are you hiring people that are the wrong fit for your organization?

Hiring tips can help improve your recruitment processes and avoid the costly results of poor hiring decision. Read on to learn how to hire the best talent for your company.

It’s startling to think that a recent survey has shown that 66% of US employers have been affected by bad hires. With some many different mechanisms in place for selecting and vetting candidates, costly - it’s been estimated that bad hire can cost a company up to $50,000 - and damaging bad hires should be a thing of the past.

Luckily, there are some hiring tips and simple warning signs to look out for when interviewing candidates so that you can make sure your hiring decisions are as sound as possible:

1. Punctuality

There could be several reason for a candidate being late for an interview, ranging from a genuine delay right down to having a lack of enthusiasm for the role. Try and get to the bottom of the candidates reason by judging their response to questions about why they are late.

2. Uncertainty in a candidate’s answers

If a candidate regularly answers with ‘maybe’ and ‘pretty sure’ when asked about specific skillset they have or industries they’ve worked in, alarm bells should start ringing. A much better response would be to admit that they don’t have the specific experience whilst giving examples of how they have learnt new skills easily in previous roles.

3. The classic weakness as a strength

A very common answer when asked about a weakness involves the candidate taking a strength (such as attention to detail) and dressing it up as a weakness. ‘I have too much attention to detail’. This shows a lack of honesty, with exceptional candidates being willing to provide a real weakness whilst illustrating a desire to learn and overcome their challenges.

4. Talking negatively about the current or previous employer

If an employee hates their boss, an interview is not a good time to talk about it. Whilst they may have genuine grievances with them, it’s almost always a two sided story. If a candidate is willing to openly talk about their confrontations during an interview, it’s possible that the candidate finds it difficult to deal with these types of situations - not an ideal trait in an employee.

Hiring the best talent isn’t just great for your productivity budget books - it saves a lot of time and hassle. By using effective sourcing methods to find the best pool of talent, such as employee referrals, and by looking out for these tell-tale signs of a less than great candidate, you will be well on your way to streamlined and effective recruitment process.

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