Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring

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No doubt you will be quick to spot mistakes made by your candidates in order to screen them effectively, but what about assessing your own actions? To find the best employees for your business you need to make sure your recruitment strategy is as strong as it can be, which involves avoiding some of the most common mistakes made by employers in the hiring process. Check the list below to ensure you’re not hindering your chances of securing the best candidates.

Vetoing the Unemployed   

Many employers overlook those who aren’t currently in employment. Those in a job may have more up-to-date skills, but new employees can always be trained on the job. What cannot be taught is personality and attitude, therefore if you like someone who has the right drive and passion but is currently unemployed, don’t write them off. Unless you ask you can have no idea what the candidate was like in their last job or what their reasons are for leaving/being out of work are. Give them a chance so as not to deny your company of the best talent.

Obsessing Over CVs

Try to not rely too heavily on CVs. A report from ERE.net stated that up to 80% of CVs and applications can contain exaggerations and sometimes even blatant lies. It’s easy to take someone’s achievements at face value, but meeting them is a more reliable way to judge their character. Also, checking references, achievements and qualifications is also vital as some people might try their luck and hope you will not make the effort. A CV is also unable to reveal personality or the desire to work at your company.


Hiring too quickly can result in an immediate short-term fix but perhaps not the right long-term solution. Often a less than average employee is given the job as the recruiter is so desperate to fill the vacancy. This then leaves them with someone who does not have the right set of skills and is a bad fit for the company. Take the time to find the right person as it will save money and time in the long run.


You also shouldn’t take too long to fill the role: your current employees could feel under pressure if they have to take on extra work due to a lack of manpower. A bad atmosphere could develop if they feel that their problems aren’t being understood or resolved. The longer you leave it the harder it will be to find the best talent for your vacancy.

Not Knowing What You Want

Make sure you understand the requirements for the job. If you don’t know what you’re looking for then the prospective candidate will not know whether they are truly suitable or not. What problems do you want the new employee to solve? Understanding what you need the candidate to provide will give you a better idea of the kind of applicants that you want.

Hiring Inexperienced Interviewers

Make sure the interviewer is experienced. If you’re introducing an employee to the interviewing process, make sure they have another more experienced interviewer in with them. You don’t want the candidate to think that your company is unprofessional, or worse, offend them and even put them off by showing a clear lack of preparation and skill.

Being Subjective

Objectivity is crucial when hiring. Someone could be really friendly and impress you in the interview, but you have to be sure that they will succeed in the role by providing the necessary results. Appearance, affability and articulateness are often focused on too much during interviews; these cannot predictperformance and could result in overlooking talented candidates.

So if you find your current recruitment strategy is providing you with insufficient results, do an honest evaluation of your hiring process and look out for any of the above. Ironing out any mistakes on your end can encourage interviewees to give their best performance, thus you have the best chance of making a good hiring decision.