The Biggest Hiring Mistakes You’re Probably Making Right Now
Finding the right candidate for your open position is important, but it can also be quite challenging. Poorly planned hiring processes can lead to poor performance and high employee turnover. In fact, 80% of employee turnover is due to poor hiring decisions. To help out, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest hiring mistakes so that you can avoid them and make good hiring decisions:
1. Rushing the Hire
Many businesses rush to make a hire too quickly. This limits the candidate pool and does not allow for adequate time to thoroughly evaluate all applicants. The interview process is important for both parties to evaluate fit, and if you cut the process short you are likely to end up with a hire that is not the right fit for your company or the role.
If you have an immediate need and do not have enough time to properly run through the whole recruiting and hiring process, consider using a staffing firm like Faveo. Faveo can help you find a qualified and vetted short-term worker to fill in, so that you do not need to rush to fill an open role.
3. Not Knowing What You’re Looking for
If you do not spend adequate time at the start of the process to define exactly what you are looking for, it will be hard for you to effectively evaluate applicants. After all, if you aren’t clear on what you are looking for, how will you know when you find it?
Consider what skills and experience are necessary for the role and what could be learned on the job. Also consider requirements beyond qualifications such as personality types or interests. If your company sells a health product, for example, it may be beneficial to hire people that live an active lifestyle or value healthy eating. Some companies also make the mistake of hiring a full-time employee without having enough ongoing work that matches their skillset. This creates frustration for the employee, and leads to a lot of wasted money for the business. Avoid this by hiring with Faveo for short-term or medium-term staffing needs.
4. Using Weak Job Descriptions
Once you’ve put some time into evaluating who exactly it is that you are looking for, you need to create a job description that will help you find them! A strong job description should include information about the company and its culture, and overview of what the role will encompass with enough detail that candidates can picture themselves in the role, and the desired qualifications or personality traits. Avoid using short or overly generic job descriptions when posting your open roles.
5. Not Communicating With Candidates
Once you’ve interviewed a candidate, don’t leave them hanging. Provide an approximate timeline and let them know when to expect an update. If something changes or a delay occurs, be sure to let candidates still in consideration know.
A recent survey conducted by Robert Half showed that 62% of job seekers lose interest in a position if they do not hear back within two weeks following an interview. If there is no communication or update within three weeks, that number rises to 77%.
6. Unstructured Onboarding
A lack of planning in regards to training and onboarding can start your new hire off on the wrong foot. Don’t wait until you’ve made a hire to start planning the training process for the role.
Many small businesses neglect this step, but it’s a good idea to have a standardized onboarding plan so that everyone in the company understands their role in new hire onboarding and nothing is overlooked. Faveo conducts our own onboarding with our staff so that they know what to do when they arrive onsite to help you with your projects.
Hiring Done Right
The potential cost of a bad hire can be in the thousands. Avoid the wasted time and money by following our tips above to avoid these six hiring mistakes.
If you aren’t ready to commit the time to making a hire right now or if you just need staff to fill a temporary need, reach out to Faveo. Finding on-demand labor for your business shouldn’t be a hassle. Faveo makes hiring short-term help easy so you can operate with flexibility and efficiency.
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