Recruitment is in full swing in the state of Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the national jobless rate is at 4.9%. The rates are even lower in Michigan at 4.5%, as of July 2016. With a tight job market and steep competition by other employers, the potential of making a bad hire increases. A bad hire can cost your company in a lot of ways: lost productivity, missed development opportunities, negative client service, low employee morale and accumulated costs for hiring and training. Every person is not cut out for every job.
How to avoid a bad hire?
- Know what you are looking for. This may go without saying, but you should have a well-defined idea of whom it is you want. What does a person in this job need to be successful? You may find yourself retooling the role itself as you work through this process. It’s better to do it at this stage than to hire someone for the wrong job.
- Know how to spot inconsistencies and patterns. These could raise red flags and predict future poor performance, attendance, and accuracy when reviewing a candidate submitted credentials.
- Assess the skills and abilities required versus the skills that can be taught on the job. You may find by defining the skills that can be taught opens up your candidate pool.
- Know your company’s unique culture. This will help you assess characteristics that would promote a successful hire.
- Look beyond just what the candidate is saying in the interview. Key in on signs that show behavior tendencies through body language and attention to details.
- Know what not to do. Know what questions you should avoid and things that you can or can’t do during the interview process.
Now that you have successfully found the right candidate, the next hurdle is to keep them engaged. Make sure you have a well-defined onboarding process to make the new hire transition as effective as possible. You don’t want to find the right person only to lose them!
Contributed by Debbie Lockwood, HR Business Partner, HR Collaborative, LLC.
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