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Is it you? Why you can’t find the right person to hire.


Is it you? Why you can’t find the right person to hire.

A company’s best asset is its people, so hiring the right person for a job is absolutely crucial.

A good hire can lead to greater sales for the business, a potential future leader to push company initiatives, or a hard-working employee who gets the job done every day.

A not-so-great hire can mean wasted time training a short-term employee and disruption within a department.

There may be several reasons why you’re finding it challenging to find the right hire for a position.

Are you making any of these errors in your hiring process?


You’re not asking the right interview questions

Interviewees are familiar with all the standard questions, such as “Tell me a little about yourself,” and “Why are you interested in this position?”

Avoid asking the obvious, easy questions to get more authentic answers from candidates.

Ask them how they would handle specific situations relevant to the job.

Consider the work environment they will be working in at your company, and ask them questions related to that; what do they like and dislike about working with a team, or what’s their experience in a fast-paced role and how do they handle the stress?

Don’t be afraid to ask behavioral questions as well.

You don’t ask for a second opinion

One of the biggest mistakes companies make when hiring new staff members is not getting other opinions on the candidate from fellow employees.

Don’t be afraid to ask several coworkers to sit in on your interviews, and potentially ask questions of their own.

This is especially important for the team members who will be working closely with the new hire. They can ask specific, job-related questions that you may not have considered.

Having several other opinions present will help you consider things you hadn’t thought about before.

For example, someone may notice how nervous the candidate appeared around certain sets of questions, or how rude the interviewee was to members of the staff.

Also, your staff may help you spot some common resume lies.

Finally, be sure the interviewee never utters these words, which are red flags that you might miss if you’re interviewing on your own.

You don’t let them interact with other team members

When hiring, sometimes the instinct is to bring someone onboard based solely on their fantastic job experience.

While this is extremely important to consider, it’s also equally as important to see how someone fits into your existing employee base.

Depending on the size of your organization you might have them meet a few team members, or see them interact with a larger group on a tour of the office.

Do they seem genuinely interested in the work being done? Do they greet the people they meet with a friendly demeanor and speak politely? Are they easily distracted when you give them a company tour?

These behaviors can indicate the type of person they are that goes beyond their polished interview persona.

Putting the proper time into conducting more meaningful interviews will ensure you’re interviewing the right candidates for your job. Remember to ask the “right,” creative questions during the interview, and get a 2nd opinion on the potential employee. These tips will help ensure that you don’t find another failed hire and instead, you find your next company superstar.