a meditation on productivity

7 Hiring Problems You’ll Want to Avoid in 2015

Smart HR professionals understand hiring decisions are the ones with the greatest impact on the company’s bottom line. But, even armed with that knowledge, hiring managers can make missteps down the hiring path that can result in an unsatisfactory hire.

Let’s look at 7 detours hiring professionals may take that can cause the company to end up with a low performing employee.

#1: Operating with a vague job description outline. Conducting a hiring search without first outlining the particular skills needed to successfully navigate the position can only end badly. It’s like throwing darts without knowing the location of the dart board.

#2: Not asking the right questions. Hiring managers should pose in-depth questions about the person’s resume, work ethic, and initiative. Listen closely, and take note of the answers. Failing to ask the right questions will leave the hiring manager with inconclusive evidence of whether or not the person would be a positive hire.

#3: Allowing other priorities to encroach on hiring. In a perfect world, choosing who to hire would be the only task on a hiring manager’s plate. This isn’t reality. Even when more pressing items eat up the schedule, it’s critical to carve out proper time to devote to thoughtful hiring.

#4: Choosing candidates based on short-term vision. Selecting a candidate that will fill the position to satisfaction at this moment will be tempting. A good hiring manager will look instead down the road to the company’s initiatives and decide if the candidate will contribute to the bigger picture. If not, the applicant is the wrong choice.

#5: Failing victim to the exterior. A candidate’s nice suit and smooth words may present an enticing picture. Looking at their answers and assessing their initiative and work ethic are more important goals an interview should accomplish. Don’t simply take a job seeker at face value, it could bite you in the end.

#6: Believing the resume and interview. A recent survey revealed thirty-four precent of job seekers lied on their resumes. This dishonest trend makes it unacceptable to put much stock in the resume. Verify the applicant’s claims with a thorough background screening process.

#7: Failing to emphasize company culture. A person who doesn’t fit into the company’s culture will have difficulty being an effective employee. Be sure to share the company culture in the first interview, and gauge the candidate’s reaction. Think twice about hiring a person who does not seem to be a good fit.

Hiring employees who are a good fit for the position is an important task placed on hiring managers. By being aware of these faulty detours, the hiring process can go more smoothly and return higher ROI for the efforts.

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