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People make mistakes with the way that they hire all the time. If they didn’t, we would see a lot less quitting and a lot less firing in the world of Canadian Business.
Avoiding the following mistakes is absolutely no guarantee that you will have a lower turnover rate in your company but at least you will know that you are doing all that you can to ensure that people are being chosen for the right reasons and not the wrong reasons.
Here are three:
10. Hiring for Fit
Fit is a very interesting concept to examine because fit can mean anything and everything you want it to mean. Fit can mean age, it can mean gender, it can mean personality, or it can mean anything you feel about this candidate in an interview.
This means that you can miss out on some great candidates because you have decided that they don’t fit into your company. They may legitimately be wrong for you or you could have some underlying bias that makes you not look at candidates objectively. Make sure you know the difference.
9. Hiring for Image
You have an image of what you want your company to look like. You want people to come into your office and have it “look” a certain way. That is a great attitude if you are shooting a catalogue, not such a good attitude if you want to fill your openings with great people.
It can be a huge hiring mistake to overlook potentially fantastic and loyal employees who don’t fit into the mold of how you want your company to look to the outside world.
8. Hiring for Bottom Line
It’s great to hire people based on goals or objectives that you have for your company. Ideally, you want people to be able to get you to where you need to go.
What you don’t want to do, however, is to focus solely on productivity and goal orientation. Some people are great at making other people feel good at work. People who feel good work harder. Some people are good at getting people to reach a consensus. This is hard to measure but equally important to getting the job done. The ability to generate money for your company is not enough of a reason to hire someone.
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Here is a direct link to the complete article.
Cheryl Stein is a Monster Business Coach