- Your job posting looks like a laundry list of tasks … and doesn’t inspire anyone. Instead create a classified ad that speaks more to the heart of the type of person you are looking for. The posting should focus on the entire person and describe their attributes. The thought is that people will compare themselves to a particular ad and respond accordingly. Remember, you are selling the position so focus on the positive aspects.
- Not applying enough resources … may produce too few quality candidates. Do a broad search and don’t cut corners. Think outside the box when it comes to posting your classified ad. You want to cast a wide net and get as many candidates interested as possible.
- Prescreening candidates purely based on what’s on their resume … then finding out they’re much better on paper than in person. When bringing a new person into your organization what’s more important, what’s in their head or what’s in their heart? Most people I ask this question respond “heart”. Well, how are you going to tell that from their resume?
- Failing to court candidates … may mean no marriage! The “getting to know you” process should not be just a one-side two hour interview. Realize you are marketing yourself and your business to candidates as much as they should be to you. You have only one chance to make a good first impression.
- Not checking references … is probably the most common mistake. Prepare a list of questions to ask references and then do it! Also contact former employers and ask them the same questions.
- Not testing to determine if they truly have the skills … and just believing what you’re told. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, so why are you hiring someone without test driving them? Determine the 4 or 5 key skills necessary for them to perform the job and make sure they can really do them.
- Hiring too quickly … even when recommended by a friend, may be a mistake. Do proper due diligence and don’t let pressure to fill a vacancy force you into a premature decision.
If you are unhappy with the results you have achieved in your past hiring attempts, then you have to change up what you have done in the past.