Hiring the right employee is one of the most important things you can do. After all, you are hiring one of your organisation’s best assets. Get it wrong and you’ll end up with the greatest liability. The reason most organisations end up with the wrong employee is that they make a few common mistakes. In this blog, we are going to point out those mistakes so that you know where you’re going wrong and what you can do to avoid them. Trusting your gut Now, we aren’t undermining the power of that “gut feeling”. Your gut can be telling you the truth, but, let’s be honest – the world doesn’t and cannot run on gut feelings alone. There is a reason we have assessments, tests, and observational processes. They allow us to determine whether our gut feelings were actually right. However, a lot of recruiters trust their guts way too much; to a point where they end up ignoring the necessary processes. So, don’t ignore the quantitative and qualitative data. You need them to make better and smarter decisions. Relying on the same talent source A bad habit among recruiters is to rely on the same source. This happens when the source in question might have provided them with a good recruit in the past. This creates a sense of trust and comfort. However, trust and comfort don’t work in the long run. Just because a source worked out for you once or twice before doesn’t mean the trend will continue. It’s always better to have multiple sources providing you with new talent. You could very well be missing out on that perfect employee by sticking to a single source. Having high expectations Prospective employees are humans and recruiters need to realise that. There’s never going to be a time when you’ll find someone who ticks all the right boxes. You have to compromise on a couple of requirements. The key is to find someone who meets all your top requirements. The rest can always be acquired through training and education. As long as you have an effective and efficient training program in place, you will have no problem moulding the newly hired employees into 'perfect' employees! Having an unconscious bias You’re a human first and recruiter only after that. However, being a human has its problems and one of those problems is possessing an unconscious bias against people you don’t relate to or identify with. This has been known to influence recruitment. So, be focused and objective. Only look at the person’s characteristics and qualifications with regard to the role they’ll be playing. Be self-aware and check yourself for any signs of unconscious bias.
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