Hiring new staff can be difficult and tiring, you will be assessing potential staff, and they in turn will be assessing your firm, and wondering if it is truly the right fit for them. There are several mistakes to avoid when you plan to recruit new staff.

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Avoid Being Too Narrow In Your Search.

One of the biggest mistakes is not having a diverse slate of candidates, this should be on age, experience, background, race and gender. All these unique factors make organisations more successful, and progress faster. With  diversified workforce, you stand a better chance of attracting different types of people who wouldn’t normally apply for positions at your company. It should be a mistake to look for your clone, or clone of your team.


Trust First Impressions

Unfortunately, many people are judged during interviews, on whether they like your face or not, instead of judging their abilities and strengths. Realistically, you cannot tell how good a person will be, but it will help if you can eliminate first impressions. Its easy to assume that a firm handshake and good eye contact means someone is competent across the board room, don’t use the interview alone to try to validate a good or bad snap judgement.


Lacking Transparency

When a candidate is unaware of what the job entails, in terms of the adequate skills and traits, make a list of the role and responsibilities, alongside knowledge and experience, this will give you a clear idea of what you expect in a candidate.


Not Having A Clear Hiring Policy

One terrible mistake companies make is not having a clear, written and outlined process. You will need to know what is expected from the staff you plan to hire and what they should expect from you. Make the selection wisely to pursue business growth while providing a positive work environment for the entire team.


Discuss Company Culture

It is important to discuss and highlight your company’s culture, this will help your image in the long run and all your staff will act accordingly, and even help showcase this culture.


Ultimately, recruiters are human—which means they make mistakes just like everyone else. But what differentiates the top-tier recruiters from the rest is the ability to recognize those mistakes, identify the necessary change, and apply that lesson going forward to become even better at what you do.

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