How to Avoid a Bad Hire?
The pressure can be on for human resources professionals, recruiters, and managers to make the best hire possible 100% of the time. Anything less can cost your business in various ways. We will show you a few best practices below.
1. Don’t Sacrifice Quality for Speed
Your boss may often ask you, “how fast will you fill the position?” with the hopeful answer being “as soon as possible.” Unfortunately, this is the wrong answer. The applicants who show up the first day may not be the right ones. Don’t be tempted to go with “the warm body.” i.e., the one in front of you, rather than the one who hasn’t come in yet. A bird in the hand may be a valuable moral lesson, but not if that bird is wrong, and the right one is still out there. Also, the first bird in the hand may always be available down the line. Remember to take the time to get your new hire right.
2. Interview With Intent
The hiring process at your unique business is specially structured. You may have a particular number of steps, different types of assessments, and other people conducting interviews. However, if you are reading this article, you may have doubts. We will show you a few tips to ensure rigorously yet consistent processes to help you make better hiring decisions. A few common expert assessments include:
Behavior Based Interview – This technique centers on the age-old premise that past, appropriate behavior predicts future behavior. You may evaluate your candidates against the qualities that are successful for your business. You may also explore their motivation for the position. And, always ask candidates to provide concrete examples of how they solved problems, handled difficult situations, dealt with difficult co-workers, etc.
Assessment of Skills – Just about all positions need specific skills from necessary computer skills to a high-level certification. Keep in mind the cost of training your new hire on any skills they lack versus hiring someone who can be difficult but has expertise in what you need.
References – There is a reason references are a time old practice in avoiding bad hires. Feel free to ask for and contact your candidate’s references once you are considering hiring them. It is best to do after the interview process but before the offer.