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RECRUITMENT / JUL. 18, 2013
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Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Hiring employees is a challenging procedure as the smallest error in judgment can cost the company time and money. It is therefore advised to carefully develop an effective hiring strategy to recruit the most capable and suitable employees.

Make sure that you make the right hiring decision by avoiding the following 5 mistakes:

#1 Not Checking References

Many recruiters do not have the time to invest in checking references. It is highly advised that you take the time and make the effort to perform background checks on candidates to ensure that they have the skills and experience to work efficiently. Speaking to previous employers and other references is important as it provides a comprehensive overview of their capabilities and abilities.

#2 Candidate is over-experienced

Hiring over experienced employees is a mistake that many recruiters make as they find that the candidate is perfect for the job. Employees who are too experienced pose a risk on the department as they have an “I know better than you” attitude towards tasks. While it is good to hear out their opinion, hiring such an employee can result in unproductive teamwork.

#3 Hiring Someone who Impressed you too much

There are many people, especially those who work in sales and marketing, that have a gift for talking their way through anything. This is where employers need to be careful – observe candidate’s body language and asses their personality from a detached perspective rather than being overly impressed by their talking.

#4 Individual does not fit into Company Culture

Recruitment is a tricky process – you have to assess the candidate’s skills, experience, personality and qualifications in order to determine whether or not they are suitable for the job vacancy. Employers should carefully consider how well the candidate fits in with the company culture and will be able to work with the current employees efficiently. 

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