Hiring Mistakes, And How You Can Avoid Them


With the exception of your customers, your staff members are the people who have the most sway over the success of your business. You might have a pretty clear vision of what your brand represents and where it’s going.

However, if the people who work for you are disconnected or apathetic to this, you’re not going to go anywhere fast! Here are a few common recruitment mistakes, and the best ways to avoid them.


Failing to Engage with the Recruiter

Hiring isn’t the most thrilling thing you have to do as a business owner, so it’s understandable that many entrepreneurs treat recruitment as a checklist exercise, view recruiters as a necessary evil, and strive to keep them at arm’s length.

Any good recruiter, whether they’re universal or have a specific niche like a credit control recruitment agency, will need access to your hiring manager to do their job effectively, usually requiring more than one face-to-face meeting in order to expand on the job brief you give them.

If you list an opening with many different recruiters, and request applications and CVs back in a short period of time, it can result in a very low level of engagement, and a poor end result.

Focusing on Skills, Experience, and Nothing Else

A lot of hiring managers, particularly those in the public service sector, put a candidate’s previous experience above all else, which often leads to bad hires. Sure, when you have urgent or short-term contracts to fulfill, then a distinct ability to hit the ground running needs to be in the criteria.

This is pretty much all down to the candidate’s experience in a similar role. However, when it comes to long-term roles, then you need to look past their more quantifiable assets and think about how well their personality will mesh with the office culture and the department they’ll be working in.

Yes, they’re not going to be all that helpful on their first day of work. However, when you train them into the role and they get used to the way your business works, they’ll turn out to be much more valuable in the long term.

Lack of Efficiency

One of the biggest mistakes a business owner can make when running a recruitment drive is failing to move through the whole process efficiently enough. As soon as you’re certain that you’re going to advertise for a role at your business, you need to set the wheels in motion.

This means making sure that all the key decision makers will be available to do their jobs and make the recruitment process happen with maximum efficiency.

If you draw out the recruitment process, you’ll run a significant risk of letting top candidates slip through your fingers. They’ll either lose interest in the position or get snatched up by one of your competitors who placed more emphasis on efficiency.

If you’re doubling as a hiring manager and CEO, then you may feel tempted to place other tasks over your recruitment drive. However, the more you concentrate on hiring efficiently, the better the result will be.

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