Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Don't Ever Hire the Wrong Person Again

Chances are that you've hired an individual in the past that may not have been an exemplary employee, whether it be due to their general attitude, work performance, or their relationship with their co-workers.

Unfortunately, these bad hires can cost your company a significant amount of money. Consider this – the average salary of an employee is $57,968, which means that if you onboard a poor hire, you will have lost at least that much. The cost goes up when the employee is in a managerial role. Check out this infographic on The Outrageous Costs of a Bad Hire.

If you are a repeat offender of hiring a dud of an employee, learn to view the warning signs with these five reasons that you hired the wrong person:

Going grocery shopping without a list. When you grocery shop without a list, you wind up buying things that you don’t really need and forgetting the things that you do, often resulting in a return trip to the store. Hiring without a clear picture of what you are looking for in a candidate for the specific role will most likely result in a hire that is not a fit for the position.

Using the “post and pray” technique. This happens when you find yourself in a position where you need to hire someone immediately. Don’t fall into the trap of posting a position and hoping that the perfect candidate will come along that can start tomorrow.

Fishing in the wrong pond. If you post your position on an online job board, your ads may be recruiting candidates who are looking for any job, and aren’t necessarily looking at your position in detail. These types of candidates instead of apply to positions just for the sake of applying. Consider asking your employees, business partners, friends, and family for referrals first before posting a position online. Not surprisingly, referrals are the number one best way to hire employees.

Relying on gut instinct. If you and a potential candidate mesh well personally, you are more apt to find reasons to hire them instead of really taking a good look at their qualifications and skills. The same holds true for those applicants that you don’t like.

Failing to use tools. Perhaps the biggest reason that bad hires actually get the job is lack of follow through on those onboarding tools that can find potential red flags early – namely, checking references and evaluating if they meet the minimum requirements of the position. While it may take the extra time, being thorough in your job search will lead to a valuable hire that has staying power.

Want to know if the person you already hired is not what you expected? Check out this list of five signs that you hired the wrong person:

They love their social media. While every employee takes time out of their day to check in on Facebook and Twitter, watch out for the employee who posts doing work hours, as their social media time will only increase the longer they stay in their position.

They have attendance problems. An employee who immediately starts taking time off or shows up late will almost always continue this habit.

They feel entitled. Most employees start a new position with the tools they are given (computer, phone, etc.) and only ask for new equipment when the need is justified. Then there are those who instantly need a better computer, desk, office supplies…the list goes on. These types of employees will blame their work environment and their lack of resources as a main reason why they cannot perform at the top level of their position, not to mention cost you more money.

They constantly refer to their old job. Of course, new employees bring certain skills and experiences from their former position that can be beneficial, but watch out for those that constantly refer to the way things were done “at their old job.” These employees are adverse to change, and cannot transition into a new position.

They are very opinionated. While it’s good for a new hire to voice concerns, have ideas, and offer up their own opinions, watch out for the employee who constantly argues and forces their opinions without first establishing relationships with other co-workers.

If you are in the process of looking for a new candidate, keep the above tips in mind to avoid hiring a less than stellar employee, and heed the warning signs of current new hires to determine if they will cause a bigger headache in the future.


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