Managing the hiring in a company sounds like a great time, but it can e just as stressful as any other job, especially if you use any of these ten worst practices in hiring. When hiring and firing, be sure you do not use any of the following methods.
1. Doing it alone
Not hiring anybody at all can be the biggest mistake. Don’t put pressure on yourself to do it all. You’ll inevitably end up with unfinished projects and unhappy customers.
2. Winging the Interview
Poor interviewing skills can get you nowhere fast. Instead of hiring simply based on a resume and questions about skills, learn behavior-based interviewing techniques. Also make sure to read up on what you can and cannot say in an interview, there are a lot of established rules you have to follow.
3. Hiring someone just for their skills
Just because a person has the skills doesn’t mean they will be a good fit for your company. Hire someone that will improve your company’s culture and you want to be around for the next five years.
4. Giving away your company to your employees
Giving away ownership rights to your company make sound like a good idea but you have to strike the balance between being fair and giving up control. Don’t expect every employee to care like you do. Profit sharing is almost always a better solution than ownership.
5. Having no structure
Even the best company is going to fail without any structure. It isn’t necessary to run a dictatorship, but do make sure that you have plans, schedules and the proper records to keep the company running smoothly.
6. Hiring just based on the number of years of experience
Experience is not synonymous with trained or skilled. Just because your employee has years of experience doesn’t mean those years where productive. I like to compare 5 years of experience with 1 year of experience repeated 5 times.
7. Assuming hiring in the hard part
Hiring is just the first step. Many employees won’t stay beyond the first year, so you need to make sure they are trained and onboarded quickly. Review their performance frequently and try to catch problems before they get out of hand.