Avoid these common hiring mistakes to ensure a positive company culture

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Having a uniform and positive company culture is very important for success. Company culture refers to the overall personality of your brand, including values, missions, goals, behaviours, environment and more. If people don’t buy into your culture, there is a good chance they won’t be able to help your company succeed.

Creating a great company culture should start as soon as you begin hiring. It can be a difficult process and keeping track of every applicant can be tough. There are some great technologies that can help, but in addition to tracking their skills, experience and education, you also need to ensure they fit in. 

Simply hiring someone without knowing if they are a good match for your company can be an extremely costly mistake. With that in mind, this article looks at a few other costly hiring mistakes that businesses should look to avoid.


Talking more than listening

Most people who perform job interviews do a lot of talking. Unfortunately, the more talking an interviewer does during a job interview, the less talking a potential employee can do. The only talking you should be doing is asking short, simple and open-ended questions to allow the applicant to provide a lengthy response. This will help you learn about their skills, background and other incredibly important information. 

Be sure to take time to prepare the right questions ahead of time, as a lack of preparation is often responsible for job interviews that don’t go according to plan. You don’t get anything out of asking a long-winded question that ends with a yes or no answer. Remember, the ultimate goal here is to try and find out who the best applicant is, so give them time to talk. 


Not doing enough due diligence


When you are hiring someone for a job, you need to put the time and effort into learning about them and their history. Sure, looking at a resume and doing a short interview can help, but it often isn’t enough. Studies have shown that up to 85% of people will lie on their resume or job application, which is a large increase against previous years. Also, anyone can “fake it” for a 15-30 minute interview and seem like the perfect candidate. 

As a result, you need to perform an adequate amount of due diligence before hiring a person. The exact amount or what you should do will depend on the position and the type of business you operate. It could be anything from hosting multiple interviews, to informal coffee meets. Also, be sure to reach out to references and potentially even check out the social media accounts of an applicant to see who they truly are. 


Not defining the position well enough

When you are looking to fill a role and are creating a job description to put out there, be sure it is incredibly detailed and defined. You want potential applicants to know what the role is, and the skills and experience they should possess to fill it. If you put no effort into defining the position or skills you’re looking for, don’t be shocked when potential employees put no effort into their application. 

Not only that but hiring someone into a position that isn’t well-defined can be a nightmare. You may not know exactly what these employees will be doing, which can lead to a lot of inefficiencies. Also, it’s simply not fair to the employee and is sure to frustrate them and potentially lead them to develop a bad attitude. As a result, take time to accurately and fully define a role (and know what it entails) before ever trying to fill it. 

In conclusion, hopefully, this blog post has been able to assist you in knowing some common hiring mistakes to avoid. By hiring successfully, you will be well on your way to great company culture.


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