Mistake #3: Hiring the Wrong People
An old adage has it that manager’s make up their mind about a candidate within the first 30 seconds of the interview. This may have some truth to it, but ‘hiring by feel” is plain wrong. Subjective impressions do not work. Many managers ‘wing it’, sans a plan or any training. The majority of hiring managers we talk to in well known organizations (with HR departments) have never had a briefing on Human Rights and Interviewing.
Our advice: Know the job you are hiring for. Know the organization’s requirements. Create an Employee Referral Program. Hire for attitude, not just aptitude. Learn behavioural interviewing techniques. Know your human rights obligations. Use semi-structured interviewing guides. Be honest about the work environment and expectations. Involve others in the process. Conduct effective reference checks. Watch out for infatuation. Don’t hire out of laziness or desperation.