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RECRUITMENT / JUN. 07, 2013
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How to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Person

In the saturated job market, it is likely that recruiters are finding themselves with masses of CV and job applications to evaluate to find a suitable employee. It is advised to allocate a certain period of time to searching for the right candidate, interviewing and testing their abilities to match your company culture. The following are some tips in order to avoid making a poor hiring decision:

Look for evidence

When scanning and evaluating CVs, it is important to seek the keywords. However it is likely that candidates have tailored their CV according to the job description posted thus it contains all important keywords. To ensure that the candidates are suitable and qualified for the job, employers should look for evidence of their skills and competencies. For example, an individual who describes themselves as a “team worker” should have some evidence of them working effectively with a group of people.

Interview more than once

Many companies have a hiring strategy in place, which often includes interviewing candidates more than once, that enables them to follow a certain procedure to choose the most suitable individual for the job vacancy. By inviting individuals for more than one interview you can assess different aspects of their abilities and then make the hiring decision. For example, in the first interview you can assess them in a group environment and then invite successful candidates for a second one-on-one interview.

Test their knowledge

This is a simple method of checking how much research the candidate has conducted with regards to what the company does. It is often that individuals apply for many jobs blindly in hope of securing employment; therefore it is imperative that recruiters test the potential candidate’s knowledge. If the individual is well-prepared and aware of the recent and ongoing events of the company and industry, it demonstrates a motivated and aware employee – whilst a clueless individual portrays someone who is not that interested in securing employment.

Exposure

Another benefit to hiring a recent graduate is their exposure to the latest technology, thinking and practices. This is highly advantageous to your business as the graduate will be offering a fresh and novel perspective on matters that may not have been acknowledged by long-term employees. This will assist in giving your business a competitive edge and fresh approach to working.

Check references

One of the easiest methods of obtaining a clear and comprehensive idea of a potential candidate is by checking their references. Through talking to previous employers or professors, recruiters are able to obtain an impression of the candidate’s personality and skills in context of their qualification or previous employment.

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