10 Common Recruitment Mistakes
Hiring new staff can be an expensive and time-consuming process, so it’s important to get it right.
One of the sad outcomes we see again and again, how companies make the same mistakes in recruiting candidates. There are 10 common recruitment mistakes made by most of the companies.
Mistake 1: Not Creating an Accurate Job Description
Describe the job accurately and honestly in your advertisement. If you don’t, you’ll less likely attract candidates with the qualities that you’re looking for.
Mistake 2: Failing to Consider Recruiting From Within Company
Sometimes, the best candidates could be right under your nose! It can make economic sense to fill roles internally, as it cuts the costs and time associated with recruitment for external candidates.
Mistake 3: Relying Too Much on the Interview
Consider giving him a test or exercise to find out how he might perform “on the job.”
Mistake 4: Using Unconscious Bias
You may accidentally discriminate against certain candidates in favor of people who share your background, social class, ethnicity or age.
Mistake 5: Hiring People Less Qualified Than You
Hiring people who are better than you can improve your own skills and drive your business forward. Some managers are afraid of taking on someone who is more confident or talented than they are because they feel that he may be a threat to their position.
Mistake 6: Rejecting an Overqualified Candidate
Highly experienced and talented people may have the skills to help you to develop your team – even if they don’t stay long.
Mistake 7: Waiting for the Perfect Candidate
You may have a picture of the ideal employee in your mind but, as you wait for him, you may be jeopardizing your team’s productivity by keeping it understaffed for too long.
Mistake 8: Rushing the Hire
OK, the perfect candidate may not exist. That doesn’t mean you should rush to hire anyone. Take your time, Think about what it’s going to cost in time and money to hire and train someone, only to find that he is not up to the job.
Mistake 9: Relying Too Much on References
Don’t place too much weight on references, good or bad. Someone’s positive experience at one organization does not mean that he will automatically shine at yours. And a negative reference from a previous employer does not mean that he won’t succeed on your team.
Mistake 10: Expecting Too Much, Too Soon From a New Recruit
Typically, it takes a new starter about a few months to become fully integrated into the team and to begin producing results. It’s clear to want him to “hit the ground running,” especially if the hiring process has taken a long time, but this can mean that you don’t give him the time to “learn the ropes” properly.