Mistakes while hiring can cost your company more than time and money. It is necessary to understand and carefully avoid them during your recruiting process. Here are six hiring errors to avoid:
Depending on Generic Job Portals
If you depend only on generic job portals to place your ads, you might not reach ideal candidates always. You might receive applications from a lot of aspirants who are not suitable for the post. You will have to make your ad visible on niche job portals and forums where your dream candidates visit often. Use social media platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn extensively to reach and screen candidates directly.
Not Defining the Job to the Candidates
It is always better to keep the candidates informed about the position, company and other necessary aspects. Your ad should answer all relevant questions candidates might have. It must include a clear job description, designation, experience, skills, company profile and location. This will help you get applications from candidates who are well aware about the job profile.
Not Reviewing the Applications
It is important to go through all the applications you received. Reviewing in advance can help you understand whether the applicant matches your criteria or not. If you have any doubts, you could always discuss over a quick phone call. This way you can avoid wasting time interviewing candidates not suitable for the position.
Many interviews fail as we are not prepared what to ask, what to assess or even when to ask. Meet and plan your interviews before hand. Identify questions, along with ideal answers you would like to receive. Decide what aspects of the candidate’s credentials must be assessed during the interview.
Make a list of qualities that you would like to see in your ideal candidate – qualification, experience, skills, interests, attitude, etc. Clear-cut, well-structured interviews also result in positive impression about you and your company.
Taking Hasty Decisions
Always keep enough time for the entire hiring process, from sourcing for candidates to interviewing, etc. Collect a considerable amount of strong applications that match your requirement. If you are not satisfied with the candidates, don’t decide on someone just because you do not have time. It is better not to hire anyone than settling for someone who lacks right skills. Besides, you can always restart your search.
Messy Recruiting Process
Do you often misplace an important resume under a pile of hundreds of other resumes? Have you forgotten to add a significant remark about a candidate and regretted later? Are you tired of sending endless emails to your colleagues to share a resume or assign a candidate for interview?
If your answer is ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, it is high time you streamline your hiring process. You can either appoint a battalion of HR personnel or simply subscribe to a competent recruitment software to do it all for you.
These boo-boos have often proved to be harmful to the companies that are hiring. Taking extra care while handling these small but important activities can make a lot of difference. Avoiding these mistakes can help you contribute towards organisational success by recruiting best candidates.