As a hiring adviser to many businesses, one of the most common questions I get asked is what is the biggest mistakes you can make when hiring. To be perfectly honest, there are many mistakes that can happen during any process and it is because of this, as well as them being relatively unknown, that prompted me to look at the Top 10 hiring mistakes
These are problems that can be easily dealt with, especially by employing a strong plan to get the hiring right. It is acknowledging what they are, how they can affect potential hires and most importantly, how to counteract them that is vital to any hiring plan and to any business wanting to grow and build revenues.
For Hiring Mistake #10, there is one issue that consistently comes up in any hiring activity…and it is one that is so common, yet also commonly not thought of – hiring on skills only.
Trouble is it sounds so natural and properly acceptable thing to do. I mean, that is the whole thing about hiring – getting the right skills to integrate into your workplace, to do the work properly, and to complement the work you and your other employees do, right? Well, yes, but looking at skills alone in considering an applicant is fulfilling only one half of the overall package of a potential employee.
Overwhelming, the number one reason why an employer let’s an employee go or and employee leaves an employer is due to fit.
Fit really focuses on how the employee works within the team, the management structure and the working environment of the employer and along with the skills constitute the overall persona of the employee in its work setting. It is something that clearly determines the success of a business – especially as it relates to employee engagement being a solid determinant of productivity – and yet most business are almost oblivious of its impact and the need to ensure the cohesiveness of a positive team is maintained during hiring.