May 17

How To Avoid Making Bad Hiring Choices

In today’s economic environment, mistakes are spotlighted much easier than ever before. To be successful, every approach has to be calculated and played like a chess game. This basic principal goes for the hiring process as well. You want the best people in every position, whether it’s for your IT management or HR department.

Far too many people make really bone-headed decisions on those they hire for equally poor reasons. This won’t fly in today’s economy. It’s an employer’s market, but you have to think about a lot of things if you want to avoid making a hiring mistake that could end up costing your company time and treasure.

Bullet Point Hiring

Sometimes a candidate looks great on paper but just doesn’t translate into real life. As you scroll down the list of bullet point accomplishments, the choices seems to be obvious. It’s not uncommon because, after all, you’re trying to fill a slot with the best possible candidate. But just because a job applicant looks good on paper doesn’t mean that you should be softer on them because they “fit.” Many managers overvalue a narrow range of abilities and work-related experience and totally disregard a candidate that has far more long-term potential.

Overvaluing Presentation Skills

During an interview, an applicant is required to put their best face forward, but it’s also important not to overvalue presentation skills. Sometimes people aren’t the best during interviews. The economy is bad and many people want a job very badly. This can sometimes lead to nervousness and end up causing the person to make mistakes during their interview. The whole picture needs to be taken into account and any good decision is going to be based on all of the information and not a “gut” motivated decision.

Making Gut Decisions

This is one of the worst reasons to hire someone, but it’s also the most common. Managers often go on instinct when they hire someone, but find out quickly after the person starts that maybe they should have thought a little more about it before making a snap decision. Avoid doing this and analyze any choice you make with logic, not feeling.

With all of that said, try not to fall back on preconceived notions about a person. This is usually arrived at within minutes, or even seconds, after a meeting begins. Doing so can often inform your eventual decision and have too great an impact. This is why it’s best you use the tips above to make the best long-term decision that will help your company’s overall strategy for success.a

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