There will always be poor candidates applying for any given job. Of that, you can be sure. Why are you hiring them every single time?
Bad candidates are in any given applicant pool, and their shortcomings are not immediately obvious. However, hiring them does not have to be a forgone conclusion!
Even in today’s interconnected and social world, hiring manages and human resources personnel cannot catch the few rotten apples instantaneously. Good hiring practices take time, dedication and determination to weed out good from the bad. Companies must begin with an organized and a smart talent acquisition system.
Without a strong strategy, a company will hire the wrong person every time. Guaranteed! This means the endless energy and expense of starting the process again.
The smart choice is taking the time to do it right the first time. Poor hiring can be embarrassing to a company, leading to significant (and expensive) setbacks.
The biggest problems are hiring managers that focus on intangibles like “great potential,” believing the candidate will improve or resting solely on things like “gut feelings.” These make it extremely difficult to understand if the person will actually fit well in the company.
There are few guarantees in life, but use these four rules of negligent hiring, and you will always bring on the wrong candidate: