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Common Recruitment Mistakes

26th Mar 2019

Common Recruitment Mistakes

Recruiting effectively for your business takes a lot of time and effort and mistakes are often made. As a recruitment agency we specialise in avoiding these mistakes and having steps in place to match candidates to our clients to create a smooth process from the beginning. We offer our knowledge and support throughout to both our candidates and our clients to ensure everyone is happy. Below we have listed a few things to avoid in order to minimise recruitment mistakes.

  • Switch it up – Avoid “…but we’ve always done it this way”

Doing the same thing time and time again, leads to making the same mistakes. Its important to have a forward focus, don’t do what you have done in the past. Move with the times, if your employees have new ideas, welcome them. New ideas bring new results. Its important to keep your company strategy fresh, this done not mean abandoning a method that works, but it means improving it and not settling. This means recruiting in different ways, using social media to your advantage for example. This is when you will begin to see the results you want.

  • Learn that the ‘Perfect’ Candidate does not exist

If you are a business looking for an employee to join an already successful team then this can be exhausting. You may worry about the disruption a new employee could cause, you may think it will throw your hardworking team off balance. That’s why its important to take your time (see below) when hiring someone new. However, it is important to acknowledge that the ‘perfect’ candidate does not exist… who is right for one company may be entirely wrong for another, it is about getting the match right. For someone to flourish in a position they need time and training initially and ultimately, they need to fit into the businesses culture. This is when you will see the best results and the candidate will be working to their full potential.

  • Avoid a Quick Hire and Don’t Be Lazy

Similarly, to the above, making a quick hire will only lead to trouble later down the road. It may fill a gap quicker but inevitably it won’t be for long if the match is not right. Do the work, learn the background of your candidate, what they enjoy and what they are passionate about. Ask them what they don’t like. This will help ensure that you are hiring for the long term and not just employing a ‘quick fix’ method in your business.

If you are struggling to effectively recruit or you are a candidate struggling to find a job that’s right for you call The Personnel People now to discuss ways that we can help you.