When choosing the right people with whom you are going to build your team and expand your business is one of the most difficult challenges for an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, when new hires don’t work out, they end up costing companies a lot of money. Can your business afford to make a bad hiring decision?
A poor hiring decision not only hurts your business’s bottom line, it has a negative impact on the morale of other workers and your company’s culture. But how do you know which candidate is a good fit for your business?
Here is a list of classic mistakes I’ve seen, and how your business can avoid making them — what would you add to the list?
- Not being clear about what you want.
- Expecting employees to act like owners.
- Not having a clear interview process.
- Not checking references.
- Search for candidates in an organized way, through postings on relevant job boards, seeking referrals from colleagues and attending industry-related networking events.
- Holding out for the “best” candidate – the longer you pursue this mythical creature, the more likely it is you’ll bypass well-qualified candidates right in front of your face.
1) Jessica Miller-Merrell – Jessica has also been listed in the CEOWORLD magazine’s “TOP 25 WOMEN On Social Media,” she is the founder of Blogging4Jobs, Workplace social media expert, author, speaker, and HR professional, who has a passion for recruiting, training, and all things social media. You can follow her on Twitter @blogging4jobs.
2) Alexandra Levit, a workplace and business author, consultant, speaker, and a partner of FlexJobs. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, Alexandra has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, How’d You Score That Gig?, Success for Hire, MillennialTweet, New Job, New You, and Blind Spots. You can follow Alexandra Levit on Twitter @alevit.
3) Daniel H. Pink, the author of five best-selling books about changing the world of workthe author of five provocative books — including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller. You can follow Daniel Pink on Twitter @DanielPink.
4) J.T. O’Donnell – CEO & Founder of CAREEREALISM, a career strategist and workplace consultant who helps workers of all ages find greater professional satisfaction. You can follow her on Linkedin and on Twitter @jtodonnell.
5) Miriam Salpeter, a job search and social media consultant who provides job search coaching, social media training, and resume writing advice. You can follow Miriam Salpeter on Twitter @Keppie_Careers.
6) Alison Doyle, the go-to expert for anyone wanting someone who knows her stuff and has the experience to back it up, job search expert. Job search, employment, unemployment and career advice. You can follow Alison Doyle on Twitter @AlisonDoyle.
7) Karalyn Brown, a social media influencer, engaging people on topics around careers, people, HR and management. You can follow Karalyn Brown Yost on Twitter @InterviewIQ.
8) Kevin Kermes, founder and editor-in-chief of CareerAttraction.com, offers advice on how to grow your own career instead of waiting for your employer to do it for you, and common mistakes to avoid if you want your dream job. You can follow Kevin Kermes on Twitter @KevinKermes.
9) Lolly Daskal, leadership global consultant and Ccoach, she is dedicated to helping cultivate the right values, vision and culture for individuals and organizations. She is the Founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership and consulting firm. You can follow Lolly Daskal on Twitter @LollyDaskal.
10) Anita Bruzzese, a nationally syndicated USAToday.com columnist on the workplace and award-winning journalist, she has addressed audiences on topics ranging from taking control of your career, avoiding workplace blunders and responsible business blogging. You can follow Anita Bruzzese on Twitter @AnitaBruzzese.
11) Jacquelyn Smith, Careers Editor at Business Insider, she previously worked as a leadership reporter for Forbes, where she covered careers, workplace trends, the U.S. job market, education, outstanding leadership, marketing and advertising. Jacquelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The University of Arizona and a master’s degree from Hofstra University. You can follow Jacquelyn Smith on Twitter @JacquelynVSmith.
12) Phyllis Mufson, he shares interesting tidbits about keeping momentum in your job search, as well as plenty of content she retweets to make sure you don’t miss a thing! You can follow Phyllis Mufson on Twitter @phyllismufson.
13) Cali Williams Yost, an internationally recognized flexible workplace strategist, speaker and author, Cali Williams Yost is the founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc. She has helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals partner for award-winning flexible work success. You can follow Cali Williams Yost on Twitter @caliyost.
14) Kate White, New York Times bestselling author, career expert, motivational speaker. Formerly Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan Magazine. You can follow Kate White on Twitter @katemwhite.
15) Lindsey Pollak, This “millennial workplace expert” and author of Getting from College to Career offers tips on using LinkedIn, secrets of non-verbal communication, and her regular “Now Trending in the Millennial Workplace” series. You can follow Lindsey Pollak on Twitter @lindseypollak.
What other hiring mistakes have you made in the past?
Do you have suggestions for career experts to follow on Twitter? Leave a comment below.