The Most Common Hiring Mistakes Made by Businesses


The hiring processes that you use are absolutely vital to the health and future of your company. After all, it’s the people that really create the character of a company, especially when you’re running a small business.

However, there are so many business owners that make poor hiring decisions over and over again. In most cases, those business owners tend to be guilty of at least one of these common hiring mistakes:

• Not clearly identifying your ideal hire. You need to take the time to write down the key characteristics of employees that you are looking to hire. What responsibilities will they be

The Most Common Hiring Mistakes Made by Businesses

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handling? What should their skill-sets be? What should their educational or practical experience be? What types of personality traits would mesh well within your existing team? All of these are important questions to ask, and you should write down the answers and make sure everyone involved in the hiring process is on the same page.
• Not focusing on actual experiences. Too many times, interviewers focus on the kinds of answers that candidates give to hypothetical situations. Anyone can make up what they’d do in a given situation. What you should be focused on is what your candidates actually did in past situations. The way that they conducted themselves will say a lot about what you can expect from them on the job.
• Not being firm with your “must-traits” traits. Every position that you are looking to fill should have around three or four must-have traits of potential applicants. You should never be willing to compromise on these traits, and they should dominate your hiring decision.
• Not being clear about what you want out of potential hires. Anyone that you hire should have a clear understanding of your expectations for them from the get-go. If you are looking for a long-term fit, for example, your new hire shouldn’t be operating under the idea that this is a job that they can leverage into a new position somewhere else. They should understand your company’s vision, their responsibilities and their role in helping your company to meet its goals.

Are you guilty of any of these hiring mistakes? How have you seen it affect your company?

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by Thomas von Ahn | Chief Elephant Slayer

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Watch out elephants! This slayer of business challenges comes with 30 years of record breaking sales, marketing, operations, training and leadership experience . He has worked face-to-face with 100’s of small business owners as well as large firms. His love of creating, communicating, developing and executing results for clients shines with each project, publication and training event. His entrepreneurial spirit, passion, industry experience, education, problem-solving prowess, charismatic personality and been-there-done that attitude leads his client focused approach.

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