6 Ways to Avoid Having a Bad Hire

You have a lot riding on getting your hiring right. Studies show the cost of a bad hire ranges from $17,000 to $240,000. What can you do to improve your chances of avoiding a bad hire? We have six tips that will save you money and get you the hires you need.

Six Tips for a Better Hire

Hiring the right people is essential for the success of any organization. Unfortunately, making a bad hire can significantly impact both the short- and long-term success of any company. Here are six ways to avoid a bad hire:

  1. Start with a better job description. Being clear about the job role and responsibilities will help you find a better candidate match. The job description becomes the baseline for accurately reflecting what the candidate is expected to do and reduces the chances of misunderstandings down the line. Also, base your candidate questions from this document to ensure you use the right job-specific questions for every candidate.
  2. Using multiple hiring methods will help you better evaluate each candidate. Interviews, skill testing, and background checks should be standard for every candidate. But you can add in behavioral questions to improve the candidate vetting process. This will help you evaluate the skills, abilities, and character of every candidate for a better fit.
  3. Hire for cultural fit. A candidate’s qualifications and experiences are essential to how they will perform. But if you fail to interview for culture fit, you may bring in a candidate that inadvertently disrupts the team you’re trying to help.
  4. Don’t forget to check references. It’s easy to assume they’ll all be glowing, but if you know the right questions to ask, you’ll find out a lot about the candidate you’re considering. If you speak to the candidate’s former employer or a colleague, you may find red flags about the person’s character that you may have missed during the interview process. It’s also very helpful for identifying how the candidate performed in previous jobs.
  5. Involve team members in the interview process, particularly those who will work directly with the candidates. These employees may have insight into the job and the candidate’s effectiveness that your hiring teams may have missed. The perspective of someone who works in the same department may be exactly what you need.
  6. Slow down. We know time is money, and you’re pushing hard to fill open positions. But the pressure to fill roles pushes you into hiring too quickly and making a mistake that could cost you later. Don’t be afraid to take a little longer if you need to. Slowing down just a little could improve the chances that you’re making the right decision.

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A final tip to ensure you’re finding the right candidates to hire is to work with ADD STAFF. Our experienced hiring teams send you fully vetted, qualified candidates. We supplement your hiring teams to help ensure a better candidate fit for your company. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.