Top 4 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Written by Radhika Aswani

July 17, 2018

Top 4 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Many people believe that employees are the backbone of an organization. If executives have the right employees, their workforce can strive, grow, and be successful. Considering the importance of productive employees, it’s important to make sure that HR hire the right ones.

It’s extremely crucial to make sure job listings are reaching the right candidates, and that research is done before making a hire. According to Forbes hiring an employeeout of desperation is not always the smartest option, and can end up hurting an organizations in the long run. Here are the top 4 hiring mistakes to avoid no matter what.

Hiring an employee thinking they fit your company culture.
Nonprofit’s tend to find passionate individuals who can easily align with the organization’s culture. Although the individual might be a great fit personality wise, it’s important to question whether they can get the job done. At the end of the day, we all have a job that needs to get accomplished and even though somebody might have a great personality, they might not necessarily have the ambition to get tasks, assignments, or projects completed on time.

Not providing enough information for the role needed.
Finding the right candidate is one thing, but explaining the role in its entirety and preparing the candidate for their position is another. The more direct and detailed an organization is with their job descriptions, the better understanding the applicant has when deciding if they fit the position. Nonprofits can use recruiting management software to make sure their job descriptions are congruent across all external job boards. Recruiters will also have the ability to track applicants throughout the entire hiring process. These digital tools make it easier to find the most qualified applicants for any open position.

Review potential employee’s qualifications.
One of the easiest hiring mistakes to avoid is reviewing and confirming an applicant’s qualifications. While this process might be time-consuming, it’s a step that should not be skipped. One way this process can be done is by reaching out to their references and making sure their employment information is accurate. It is better to be safe than sorry before hiring a new employee. Background checks are also significant. You will be able to tell if an applicant has been honest and open throughout their interview process.

It’s okay to let employees go.
Sometimes the best thing for an organization is to let go of employees who cost more than they produce. Talent management software can help HR keep track of how your employees are performing within the organization. If a new hire is lacking the necessities of the job after adequate training, it may be best to let them go. Although firing an employee may be hard, it might be the best for the organizations long term sustainability.

Hiring mistakes are avoidable. Plan ahead of time to know what you expect to receive from a potential employee to determine whether or not they are qualified. It is great to have a balance of fitting the company culture and accomplishing tasks. If it all goes downhill, it is okay to let a new hire go. By taking the necessary steps, it is easy to reduce the likeliness of hiring an unqualified applicant.

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This DATIS Blog was written by Radhika Aswani, DATIS, on December 7th, 2017 and may not be re-posted without permission.