Blog: How to Avoid Making the Wrong Hires

How to Avoid Making the Wrong Hires

When a company is growing, hiring is typically at the top of the priority list. While bringing on new talent may be exactly what a company needs to continue its momentum, companies sometimes make the mistake of thinking that hiring as quickly as possible is the solution to any of challenges they are currently facing.

The hiring process can only go one of two ways. If it is done well, talented new employees will help take a company to new heights. If a company sacrifices quality in favor of quantity, it can have significant consequences. In addition to costing a company thousands of dollars, a bad hire can also severely damage productivity, reputation, and morale. Since it is critical to make the right hires, we want to cover a few things that companies of any size can do to maximize their success with the hiring process:

Clear Job Descriptions

This is the easiest way to communicate with and attract great candidates. Be straight-forward and include as much information as possible in your job descriptions. You will want to craft these descriptions as if you are speaking directly to the candidate, while being both relatable and professional at the same time. Describe the position by pointing out specific tasks of which the candidate will be directly responsible. Just by taking the time to explain exactly what you are looking for in a candidate and what will be expected of the individual that fills the role, you can avoid a substantial number of wrong hires.

Be Transparent

One way to stay transparent as a company is to include a some background about your company in your job descriptions. So how can you do this? It’s as simple as adding a little insight into your company culture and including benefits within your description. Tell them why your company is a great place to work! A more extensive way to stay transparent is to ensure that candidates can find your company online. Keep your website up-to-date with company news and current information on your job openings. You will also want to do a little research on your own company. Are they maintaining a good reputation online? Check reviews on websites like Glassdoor, Google, and Facebook to make sure former or disgruntled employees are not tarnishing your company name online. Ask current employees and clients or customers to leave you positive reviews on these same websites. The more positive the online reputation, the better candidates you will attract.

Stay on the Lookout for Candidates

Last but certainly not least, companies can put themselves in the best possible position by staying proactive with their candidate search. Even when a company isn't actively hiring new employees, they should make it a priority to keep their eyes out for good candidates. By using a proactive approach to build a pipeline of qualified candidates, companies will have a great starting point whenever they are ready to bring on someone new.

If you are interested in getting professional help to ensure that you make the right hires, M4 Workforce Solutions is a specialized recruiting firm and leader in the staffing industry that provides employer solutions. Contact us today to learn how we can help you improve your turnover rate and avoid making the wrong hires.

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