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Hiring New Employees? Avoid These Common Mistakes

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Your business might need new employees due to expansion or any other reason. This means that you, as the hiring manager, are in for a lot of work. More than likely, you are already aware that you have a long and complicated process to go through until you locate and hire the people who can bring your company new life. During that process, try to avoid these common mistakes.

Skipping Background Checks

Whether you personally know the candidate or not, a criminal background check for employment is a must. NEVER make the mistake of forgoing this. While there may be a difference of opinion on when, exactly, to perform the check, the general consensus is that it needs to be done before you officially hire the candidate. Many hiring managers seem to believe in checking at the beginning of the process, so if they fail, you aren’t wasting a lot of time on them.

Relying on HR Tools

Whether you’re hiring an SEO professional or a janitor, utilizing HR tools is highly recommended. The thing is, there’s a plethora of them to choose from, and each one has its own uses and benefits. They can do things like search social media platforms for you, utilize data analytics, keep everything in order, save you time, and more. It would be more than foolish not to take advantage of these helping hands. 

Not Having a Plan

When you’re hiring employees, you should have a fairly elaborate plan of attack that doesn’t miss out on any of the little details, like how many you’ll be onboarding, the qualifications you’re in search of, your expectations for them, etc. You’ll also need to ensure that you block off enough time for everything. See, it isn’t uncommon that the importance of planning in detail and evolving the candidates is neglected and you might end up making the wrong decision if this happens. While not every single decision might be up to you, attempt not to bow down to pressure from above to get things done too quickly. Dedicate all the time necessary to each applicant, and follow your instincts.

Making a Resume the Be All End All

While a well-written resume or CV is definitely a necessity, don’t forget to look beyond them. The thing is, these days, it’s really quite simple to write a fantastic resume due to the internet ensuring we have an overload of tips at each and every step. No, you can’t just make up previous experience and education, and these things are important, but you can’t let yourself make a hiring decision on this data by itself. Pay attention to the smallest of details and be insightful, both with the CV and any interviews. Use the resume as a sort of initial triage to determine whether the candidate fits your basic search template. However, following that, turn your attention to things like their social intelligence, skills, and other characteristics that can’t be read on a resume. 

Finally, many hiring managers make the mistake of only being on the lookout for new employees when they need to fill a vacancy. Then they find themselves under a magnifying glass and can make missteps as a result. When it comes to finding the ideal employee, the key is to be on the lookout constantly. Keep a weather eye on LinkedIn and sites of that nature, and take note of candidates that catch your interest. This preparation will allow you to take your time and make the right decision. 

With experience as a full-time environmentalist and part time journalist, Lisa heads the post of editor at California Herald. She covers all the significant proceedings in the world of Environment while editing all the news pieces posted over the website to ensure everything aligns with the journalistic format.

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