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Hiring Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


Hiring employees comes with its own set of challenges and fears especially if you are a small business owner. Making mistakes and learning from them is part of growing your business. However, equipped with the right knowledge, some hiring mistakes can be avoided!

We’ve said it before: Employees are your businesses greatest asset. You want to find people that add value to your team and invest in them. Hiring mistakes can be costly and will prevent your business from moving forward. Here are three hiring mistakes to avoid.

Hiring Mistake #1: Hiring Friends and Family

While hiring friends and family is not always a mistake, you should proceed with caution and carefully weigh the pros and cons. If you are just doing someone a favor by giving them a job, then you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls. Remember, hiring is a business decision and you are in business to make a profit. What does your friend or relative bring to the table that could add value to your team? If they only bring baggage of past poor judgement, then maybe you should look for other ways to help them besides giving them a job. The last thing you want to do is to cause a rift in your family when you have to let them go.

Additionally, if you don’t keep the relationship professional while at work, you open the door to perceived favoritism by the rest of team. This can damage the culture and prevent your new hire from becoming successful in his or her position. You even risk loosing valuable employees who feel overlooked or overshadowed by your personal relationship with your new employee. On the contrary, its quite possible that your friend or relative may consciously or subconsciously expect special treatment from you. This could put you in an awkward position of having to confront them about their behavior.

Hiring Mistake #2: Letting Your Ego Get in the Way

Successful business owners and managers have learned that the best way to grow is to hire people that are better and smarter than themselves. This sounds easier than it really is. Quite frankly, its easy to be intimidated in an interview by someone who has more experience, education or training than you. Will they think you are incompetent? What if a better opportunity comes along? Maybe they’ll make you look bad and take your job.

If you let your ego get in the way, you end up choosing a candidate with lesser skills. This creates more work for you in the long run. Someone equally or more talented than yourself makes it easier to delegate your workload. There is less of a learning curve when they start, thus minimizing your training investment. Additionally, they may bring innovative ideas that improve productivity and profitability of your business or department.

Hiring Mistake #3 Paying at the Low End of the Pay Scale

When your pay is too low, you can expect one or all of the following: frequent turnover, poor productivity, poor attendance and bad attitudes. Want to have a team that is excited to come to work, puts the company and team first, is productive and coachable? Then pay them what they are worth! Remember your employees are your greatest asset. Don’t undervalue them. Ultimately, you are not saving the business money by keeping payroll low. After you factor in recruiting, screening, onboarding and training, you will spend more to keep refilling the position, than you would have by starting out higher on the pay scale. You get what you pay for. Low balling employee pay will prevent you from hiring the best qualified person for the job.

Wrapping it Up

Many hiring mistakes are avoidable. By keeping your business and its long run profitability and productivity as your guide, you will make better hiring decisions. One way to minimize your risk of hiring mistakes is to work with a staffing company like Career Staffing Services. Not only do we get to know our clients and their needs, but we can guide you in terms of pay ranges that will get you the best candidates. Oh and that friend or relative, that needs a helping hand? You can send them our way. We often know resources that can them!

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