Finding good people to fill a position isn't always the easiest thing to do.
Some of the most skilled and experienced workers are already in positions that pay them well and give them great satisfaction.
The last thing you want to do is make a mistake in the hiring process and overlook the people that could generate significant value for the company. Here are several common hiring mistakes to avoid as you look to bring on new people.
1. Failing To Pre-Screen Candidates
Pre-screening applicants can save you a lot of time over the long haul. You may be able to eliminate some budding interviewees before you ever have them come in to your office for a formal interview.
A 20 to 30 minute phone conversation can go a long way towards clarifying expectations, discerning compatibility as well as commitment level. Pre-screening can also serve to make your in-person interviews more productive.
2. Failing To Prepare Candidates
You may have high hopes for the people that you are interested in hiring, but if they are not adequately prepared for the interview process, even the best applicants may not have much of a chance to shine.
Remind your candidates of the nature of your business and the position they are applying for. Help them understand your hiring process, the right "fit", and work to eliminate any lack of clarity around the position. Proceed with the interview when you are certain that applicants are aware of what they are applying for.
3. Making Decisions Too Quickly
When you are looking to hire, it is usually because there is a position to fill and there is work that needs some immediate attention. However, if you rush the process and take it too fast, you may end up hiring people that aren't actually right for the position.
Take some time to evaluate all eligible applicants, as well as their experience and skills. Consider their overall compatibility with the company before making a final decision.
4. Failing To Understand Positional Challenges
If you are re-hiring for a position that has been left open before, consider the difficulties previous workers may have experienced in that role. Either look for ways to better communicate the challenges within the role, or look for ways to ease positional burdens.
Even if it's a new opening, it is still worthwhile to think about the possible challenges that could arise in the prospective employee's day-to-day.
5. Failing To Assess Commitment
An applicant may be looking to fill a short-term, mid-term, or long-term position. Unless you take the time to understand their goals, you will never know.
As you get to know your candidates, clarify where their commitment level is at. Are they willing to work long hours if necessary? Do they see themselves meshing with existing systems and co-workers? Don't leave tough questions unasked.
6. Failing To Consider Compatibility
"Fit" is sometimes a little ambiguous and hard to define. However, overlooking this element can result in hiring people that don't demonstrate the right business or interpersonal skills.
It might be tempting to hire the person with the most experience and skill in their given field, but if they don't demonstrate compatibility, they aren't likely to work out over the long-term. Make sure to factor this in to your hiring decisions.