4 Major Mistakes to Avoid while Hiring for your Firm
July 25, 2021at6:30 PM
by Devayani Bapat
You have washed the rice, added in some lukewarm water, sprinkled in that pinch of salt, and set the cooker onto the gas. It’s been 5 mins and the cooker is hissing and shrieking, dropping hints. The whistle is about to blow...the pressure is on. You know that if the water is too much or too little, or the salt fell in a dash more than you intended, or if the heats are too high or the flame is down too low, the outcome isn’t going to be what you desired it to be.
This is exactly what it seems like when one sets out to hire new talent for their firm. The job has been sitting around, the seat empty, waiting to be filled. The pressure is building to fill up the spot, however, there are certain nitty-gritties you have to look into and certain steps you have to take to ensure that you find just the right fit for your company. The process is somewhat like goldilocks and her struggle to find just the right bed and dinner table seat for herself. She makes the mistakes to get herself the optimum satisfaction and here we are to help you, unlike Goldilocks, avoid the hassle of going through and over common hiring mistakes to find yourself that perfect match!
We believe that your new recruit should not embody the law of diminishing marginal utility. The satisfaction with his or her work and attitude must remain constant for your firm to aid you in welcoming that person into your company.
Four Major Mistakes to Avoid while Hiring for your Firm
1. Hiring too quickly or taking your own sweet time
2. A skewed job description
3. Never Skip the phone-call
4. Better Technology - That’s where we step in
1. Hiring Too Quickly or Taking your Own Sweet Time
Very often when the pressure is painstakingly high, HR managers tend to rush with the recruitment process. They interview multiple candidates and without putting much thought into the process, pick the first candidate that they think looks right on paper and go ahead with offering them the position.
One must understand that recruitment is a time-consuming and tedious process that has to be experienced to the fullest and has to live its full cycle. It’s not something that can be rushed, for this can lead to complications in the future, in turn leading to a tumultuous relationship between the employer and the new recruit, thereby leading to either the candidate being laid off or the candidate leaving the firm on their own accord, thereby leading to that empty seat all over again. Not hiring the right person for your firm is a vicious cycle and to avoid this cycle from occurring repeatedly, hire correctly and take your time with the process.
On the other hand, taking too much time is not advisable too. Give the position the time and attention it deserves however do not ponder over it for too long for candidates too might eventually lose interest in the position and the company. This can cause reputational hazards for the firm thereby leading to a smaller number of applicants pouring in over the years. Not only this but holding off a position for too long can also lead to productivity taking a massive hit. If you’re short-staffed it can lead to other employees taking on more responsibility trying to fill in for the role in question, therefore leading to job dissatisfaction and an overall lack of efficiency, and increased human error.
2. A Skewed Job Description
We’re sure you’ve heard this one multiple times before, but let us reiterate. Imagine this scenario - You walk into a store and are greeted by the store manager. You want to buy yourself a T-Shirt and you desire to get one with a particular color. You begin explaining your requirements to the manager. You say, “I would like a clothing item with sleeves that is a shade of pink, but with a hint of red and a dash of orange in it.” the store manager looks back at you, stumped by your request. He brings you everything he has at the store in the colors pink, red, and orange. You walk out of the store, unhappy and annoyed with your experience.
In the second scenario, you walk into a store and ask the manager for a coral t-shirt. He immediately hands you what you’re asking for. You purchase your desired item and walk out of the store happy with your shopping!
This is exactly what we mean when we say be specific with your job description. Do not beat around the bush, for you will find yourself speaking to and interacting with random candidates that are unfit for the role if you do so. Be specific and chalk out your job description to the T so you get yourself just the candidates who are skilled for the job and hence a great pool of talent for you to zero in on.
3. Never Skip the Phone call
A phone interview is one of the most necessary steps that a lot of hiring managers skip as a part of their recruitment process. This step only prevents you from wasting any further time in engaging with a candidate who is not a great fit for the role, in a face-to-face interview. For example, a candidate may claim they possess incredible communication skills, however, the minute you’re with them on the line they struggle to even form a coherent sentence, it is the phone call that can help you gain perspective and put a face and personality to the adjectives put down on a resume.
4. Do not Resist Technology
We hope these tips and tricks help you out and make your recruitment process easier and more efficient. Archslate is the answer to all your hiring woes and a piece of technology you must consider using to ease out your hiring process. Hiring can be a pain and keeping track of all the candidates via email, a horrifying task. Engage in systems that make the job easier and way more efficient, for not only will it help you stay organized and on the top of your game but it will also help you save a lot of time and turn out to be way more cost-effective as compared to traditional hiring methods. Just remember you no longer use stones to make fire because of technology. That’s all we’re going to say, we’re just here to help!
We hope these tips and tricks help you out and make your recruitment process easier and more efficient. We wish you all the luck in bringing your company new recruits that are filled with vigor, a great work ethic, and long-term loyalty!
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