Hiring the right candidates goes a long way toward achieving the goals you have set for your organization. In this post, we take a look at three common mistakes to avoid during the hiring process, along with tips on what to do instead.
Asking Predictable Questions
When you ask questions such as “What is your greatest weakness,” or “tell me about a time when you solved a misunderstanding at work”, one thing is for sure: you’ll receive a rehearsed answer.
What to do instead: Get creative and don’t be afraid to throw a curveball here and there. For example, using brain teasers or asking questions that involve hypothetical scenarios are two good ways to get more genuine responses from your candidates.
Rushing to Hire
There are many reasons why a company may rush to hire a candidate. Perhaps it’s a glowing recommendation, a shiny entry on the candidate’s resumé, or the pressing need to fill a vacant role within the organization. Whatever the reason, taking one or two more days to make a more informed decision is well worth the effort.
What to do instead: Rushing into a commitment is unwise, and hiring is no exception. Instead of pushing forward full steam ahead with the hiring process, take steps to ensure that you are not ignoring important information. For example, ask candidates to complete a test to verify their abilities and run background checks to get a fuller picture of their past and personality.
Waiting for the Perfect Candidate
Rushing to hire is a mistake, but that doesn’t mean you should go the opposite route. Waiting until the ideal candidate comes along means you could be waiting forever. Worse, it may lead you to wasting so much time that you end up making a hasty or half-hearted decision.
What to do instead: As the old saying goes, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If the ideal candidate fails to materialize after a reasonable length of time, accept that you will have to reach a compromise. This may even work to your benefit. Sometimes, a candidate who’s willing to put in the work to grow into the position can prove just as valuable as one who ticks all the right boxes off the bat.
Your insight, combined with the information you get with a thorough background check can help you identify the right candidate, even when they don’t meet every single requirement you had in mind at the outset.
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