3 Hiring Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Business
The three biggest hiring mistakes that small business owners make are not having a clear job description of what they want the person to do, not casting a wide enough net when looking for candidates, and not putting each person through the same interview process.
Many businesses owners think that a job description comes after they hire someone. But I have learned that having a well-thought out job description prior to hiring will dramatically increase your chances for a good hire. So many new hires come into a job not really understanding their role or knowing what they are supposed to be doing each day.
Small business owners often cut the hiring process short because they are more likely to settle for a ‘convenient’ hire. Someone they know has been recommended to them with little thought as to what the actual job requires. Also, many don't have the appetite to spend the time looking through and responding to a lot of inquiries. But by interviewing more people, you can compare the positives and negatives of each prospective hire, both to each other and to your model of the ideal candidate.
Although many small businesses will have questions to ask an interviewee, it’s very easy to get off track. You want the interview to be flexible enough to get a ‘feel’ for the person. However, it’s critical that you ask the same questions of each candidate. I recommend creating a scorecard to fill out for each interview. That way you will be able to compare responses from each person.
Putting this kind of effort into the hiring process pays huge dividends in finding the right person for your business.