Ever company owner, whether small or big is terrified of hiring the wrong person for the job. Hiring inexperienced or incompatible employees can slow down your work process and your company can suffer severe losses.
There are some common hiring mistakes business owners tend to make and here we look at some of them.
#1 Rushing the Hiring Process
A new business owner may hire someone who isn’t qualified just because you need to fill in the position. It won't take long to figure out that the employee you hired isn't the best at his job, and you may end up firing him. It's important not to rush the hiring process and only hire candidates that are fit for the job. It's better to handle some tasks yourself, rather than hire someone who is not capable or qualified to handle them.
In order for you to have the best employees working for you, it is crucial to conduct one-on-one interviews with a number of candidates. Read each individual's resume and try to conduct as many phone interviews as you can. Have standards set while hiring employees. This makes it a lot easier to identify and hire the right person for the job.
#2 Not Hiring the Best
Hiring employees who are better than you at certain tasks, isn't the only way to find the right person for the job. But the smartest or the most skillful person may not always be the right pick. Hire someone who fits into your company culture perfectly. Skills can be picked up, however, aspects like passion, work ethics, and teamwork cannot be taught. Hiring an employee who doesn't fit into the team's mechanics is a bad choice.
Interviewing candidates thoroughly is one of the best ways to identify whether the person is a good fit for your company. Determine how eager and passionate the candidate seems. Employees who work effectively and with passion will always be honest in the projects they prefer over ones they do not.
#3 Not Trying Out an Employee before Committing
It is important to hire an employee who is capable of handling all tasks given. At first, try out a simple 30-day contract to see whether or not the candidate is completely ready for any job given to them. Pay them a month's salary and see how it works out. Before hiring them, inform them it is only a test or trial period and not a fixed job offer.
This helps you identify any problems that the employees cannot handle well. You would not be able to predict these mistakes in a telephonic or one-on-one interview. If there are major problems with the work, you can let them go at the end of the month. If their work meets your expectations, you can confirm them for a full-time contract.
#4 Not Addressing Problems Early On
Many business owners avoid firing employees that aren't good at their job. Acting on this as soon as possible will prove to be beneficial to you and your team. An employee who works in a mediocre manner will cause a lot more damage to you and your business and the rest of the team. Fixing this mistake as soon as possible is crucial for any business owner and not taking any action can have a negative impact on your business’ profitability and long-term success.